Cefn Cribwr concert honoured the Fallen | News | The Bridgend and …

Thursday, 24 November 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Entertainment

Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr was the venue for a marvellous concert, where proceeds supported the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The concert was always going to be of a high standard and mixed entertainment, as in addition to Bridgend Male Choir, contributing to the musical fayre was the Llynfi Valley’s exceptional mixed choir, Noteworthy.

Soloists, were soprano Sally Ann Kingsbury and cellist, Stewart Roberts. There were also narrations from Jane Mullins and Peter Morgan, with Last Post played on trumpet by Geraint John.

It was a busy evening for musical director Ryan Wood, who for the first time was conducting both of his choirs at the same performance – and didn’t he do well?

He also accompanied both soloists showing what a real talent he is – this in addition to accompanying the renowned Only Men Aloud on their current tour.

Ryan’s great piano playing talent was shared by BMC’s accompanist, Stephanie Bailey and by Stewart Roberts in support of the mixed choir, not to mention Scott Williams, whose organ accompaniment brings the very best out of many musical offerings.

Bridgend Male Choir showed why they had received standing ovations in Dublin and Drogheda last week, delivering their content with familiar aplomb. Highlights were from the American Civil War, Tell My Father with Dr Peter Morgan’s oratory of the Gettysburg Address, For the Fallen and Mansions of the Lord.

Noteworthy choir was spot on with diction and tone and musically provided a contrast. Favourites for the author were Karl Jenkins’ ‘Benedictus’ from the Armed Man, with cello and piano accompaniment; the Jeffrey-Howard arranged ‘Gwahoddiad’ and the hymn tune Builth’(same arranger), which BMC is currently learning.

Better known as musical director of premier Welsh male choir, Pendyrus, cellist Stewart Roberts is no stranger to Bridgend Male Choir, helping out accompanying from time to time.

It was known that he is a musical all-rounder and his instrumental cello portrayal of Nella Fantasia was very well received by all present. Like the other musicians on show, Stewart is a multi-talented genius.Wales is so fortunate to have such talent as was on show on the evening and elsewhere, helping to ensure a very strong future for its many choirs.

Sally Ann sang the very popular Sherwin/Maschwitz’s A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square with beautiful tune and clarity, thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

All the narrators and the compere, Gareth J Davies, deserve credit for their significant contributions.

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau concluded what had been an exhilarating evening. All contributors are grateful to BCLC for making its first class facility available for such worthy charitable causes.

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