ABERHONDDU & DISTRICT MALE CHOIR
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The Choir practises every Friday evening in Llanfaes School Hall commencing at 7.00 p.m. You are most welcome to come along and listen to the Choir rehearsing.
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On Saturday we were honoured to be asked to sing at Leanne and William’s wedding which was held at Llangynidr Church. It was a lovely day and the choir thoroughly enjoys performing at weddings and to be part of the couples special day.
Members of the choir were delighted to be invited to sing at the Guildhall in Brecon on Sunday, for an event organised by the Saline Twinning Association. Representatives from Saline, Michigan, USA were present including Brian Marl, Saline’s Mayor. Manny Trailor, Brecon town Mayor, was also in attendance, together with members of Brecon Town Council and the Twinning Association. Here was a great opportunity for old friendships made during the previous choir visit in 1992 to be renewed. Only 3 original members and 1 past member were present from this time, as well as our MD and our accompanist, Aysha Waghorn. We will have to start planning to visit Saline again in the near future.
Last weekend saw another busy time for the choir. It started on Friday night (3rd May 2019) where the choir performed at the Celtic Manor for the Care after Combat South Wales Region Spring Ball. Care after Combat is a UK based charity providing professional assistance for the well-
On Saturday 18th May 2019, the choir along with Lyn and Aysha enjoyed a weekend trip to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, to join The Wycombe Orpheus Male Choir, for their annual concert in Wycombe Swan Theatre. The concert also promoted the very best of talent from the Orpheus’s Festival of Young Musicians and there were fantastic performances from the High Wycombe Music Centre Saxophone Choir and Borlase Barbershop. The singing then continued late into the night at the “Afterglow”.
High Wycombe TRip
A.D.M.C. was delighted to join Talgarth Choir on Friday 21st June in St Gwendoline’s Church in Talgarth, as part of the celebrations to mark their 50th Year. The two choirs sang a varied programme on their own and then combined with 70 voices to a near capacity audience in the church. A total of £940 was raised for St Gwendoline's Church. Everyone enjoyed the excellent food provided after the concert in Talgarth Rugby Club.
Joint concert with Talgarth Choir -
21st June 2019
The choir was very pleased to sing in Merthyr Cynog Community Hall at Upper Chapel Saturday evening, 13th July, for their church fund raising Summer Concert. Our very own soloists Harvey Cloke and Marc Williams performed individually and together. Marc gave an excellent performance of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ at the piano. Also, Becky Drysdale (our accompanist) played her Bassoon. There were performances by the YFC Girls Choir, which made for a most enjoyable evening. We were grateful to the local community for providing the refreshment afterwards.
Upper Chapel Summer Concert
The choir took part in The Welsh Concert at Brecon Cathedral on Monday evening (22nd July 2019) to celebrate King Goodwill Zwelithini’s visit to Wales. We were joined by Emily Pugh (Mezzo Soprano), in singing Anfonaf Angel and O Gymru. Emily Harris – Harpist, also gave a lovely performance. The choir were ably led by our Assistant Musical Director, Lynne Griffin and accompanied by the talented Becky Drysdale.
On the Tuesday evening, Marc Williams (Secretary) was invited to a reception with the King, Queen and Royal Family at Theatr Brycheiniog. Marc presented a few CD's of the choir as a gift to the King on behalf of the choir.
A Royal Visit to Brecon
ADMC Concert goes Virtual
The Aberhonddu and District Male Choir hosted a very different concert this year – a virtual one! The Virtual Concert ‘Lockdown Melodies’ was streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday 29th July. As a Choir we have missed singing and performing together but with Zoom at our disposal we are still able to meet on a Friday night. During these difficult and uncertain times, the Choir wanted to connect with the audience to entertain along with supporting two fantastic charities – Brecon Foodbank and Ty Hafan. With limited fundraising events many charities are struggling to raise the essential money needed, but by embracing modern technology we have been able to bring a concert to the comfort of your home to help with the fundraising efforts. The concert featured artists and guests including the Archbishop of Wales, the Choir President Llio Evans, Sorela and Colonel Nick Lock.
Lyn Bugler, Trustee of Brecon Foodbank, stated 'A huge thank you to the choir for choosing Brecon Foodbank as their local charity to support. We have been truly humbled by everyone in our community of offers of help, food and fundraising. Our charity is not possible, without us all working together. We wish the choir every success for the future.'
Marc Williams, Choir Secretary, 'The concert is still available to watch for free on the Choir’s Facebook page or on YouTube, and a donation to the two worthy causes would be very much appreciated. We hope that you enjoy the concert, and we look forward to performing again soon'.
It is strange to think that this time last year the choir were fully engaged with practices, Weddings and concerts. We were unfamiliar with such terminology as social distancing, self-
Lockdown has meant that we now do things differently, for the present time anyway. However the choir spirit remains undaunted and in the words of the famous Vera Lynn song from a different sort of war ‘we’ll meet again’. This song was beautifully sung by our president Llio Evans, and reminiscent of a wonderful and moving time spent in
Choir members have had time to catch up with all those jobs which tend to stack up this time of year, with maintenance taking place in various forms e.g. houses have been painted, vegetables grown and gardens manicured to standard hitherto not seen!
Aberhonddu & District Male Choir are privileged to announce that Dame Shân Legge-
For all the years’ service Dame Shân has given to the choir and the work undertaken in the local community it is a fitting tribute to make her our Honorary Patron. Dame Shân was President of the Choir for many years and was Lord Lieutenant of Powys for over 20 years.
We are equally excited to have Llio Evans as our new President – welcome to the team! Llio is a Welsh soprano originally from
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The first time the choir met Llio was at the Festival of Welsh Male Voice Choirs in 2018 where she made her Royal Albert Hall debut. Last October we sang with Llio in ‘s-
The choir were delighted to be invited back to sing at The Brecon Food Festival held in The Market Hall. We sang on the stage for two sessions to a packed hall conducted by Lyn and accompanied by Aysha. There was also a short additional performance promoting Welsh Brew Tea, you can see the video here.
Food Festival Fun