Barry Male Voice Choir Annual Concert 14th July 2023 St Helens R.C. Church, Barry
Date: 1 August 2023 |
By: Nick M
There really was something for everybody at the BMVC annual concert on Friday 14th July; and the audience who braved the appalling weather were well repaid. The boys in the blue had the great privilege and pleasure of guest appearances by Cardiff Military Wives’ Choir as well as Ms Llinos Haf Jones, making a repeat appearance after her recent graduation from the Royal Northern College of Music plus our other guest – the very talented solo guitarist Harrison Ollier.
From the opening with the traditional and good humoured “Vive La Compagnie” to the rock anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody” featuring an electrifying guitar solo by Harrison, the audience were treated to a musical tour encompassing another stadium singalong by Elbow, a beautiful folk song and the elegaic Myfanwy.
Llinos Haf Jones then took centre stage for some gorgeous arias in German and Welsh which were enthusiastically received by the audience.
Cardiff Military Wives’ Choir then reminded the audience of the sacrifices our soldiers, sailors and airmen make with their selection of moving songs about service including the old Great War Favourite; Pack up Your Troubles.
After the intermission, the ladies opened the second half with “The Poppy Red” and a couple of beautifully arranged numbers from Coldplay and Bob Dylan, before combining with the Barry boys on the Les Miserables “Bring Him Home” expertly conducted by the Wives’ musical director Kevin Myers for only the second time the two choirs had sung the song together.
Llinos Haf Jones then took to the stage again to sing a variety of songs including the heart-breaking “Summertime” by George Gershwin, to universal acclaim.
It was then the turn of BMVC to close the proceedings with a selection of four numbers, including a Sea Shanties melody with Fflat Huw Puw’s solo being delivered by Steve Bowen (our chairman) with his usual panache and culminating in the great favourite; “O Gymru”.
We then had the great pleasure of presenting long service awards to two of our choristers – Don Surridge (40 years) and Les Philips (50 years).
Some memories from these two stalwarts of the choir are posted elsewhere on the BMVC website.
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