ABERHONDDU & DISTRICT MALE CHOIR
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New Year and back to Zoom!
With the country back in lockdown the choir is now meeting up again over Zoom. We have had a treat for the start of 2021.
The choir has been very fortunate to link up with our past president Dr Haydn James during January. Firstly, we were treated to an evening whereby choir members were invited to ask Haydn questions about his extensive musical career. We were given a fascinating insight into the nine occasions he has conducted massed choir festivals (1000 Voices’) at The Royal Albert Hall. There were so many questions and so little time via Zoom, that a second session is planned soon.
We were much encouraged by Haydn’s positive response to a question regarding our choir’s attendance at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, for singing again at one of the future matches organised by The Welsh Rugby Union (of which, Haydn is The Musical Director).
Our second session in January, he kindly agreed to play a selection of songs for us to sing (on mute) over Zoom, as these pieces had all featured during his past performances, and we were immediately taken back to our times at The Royal Albert Hall. The only frustration for Haydn was the inability of Zoom and the Internet connections to allow him to conduct us. Never mind, it paves the way for future events.
Series of Christmas Concerts
During the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Choir have been busy practising in an open sided marquee at The Barn at Brynich, Brecon, generously loaned to the choir on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon by the Jones family. Father Christmas hats have been donned, along with the odd pair of antlers and even a woollen Christmas pudding hat, not only to keep choristers in a festive mood but on occasions a little warmer. Singing with facemasks has proved a particular challenge especially for those wearing glasses!
The result has been a series of 3 Virtual Christmas Concerts in aid of Shelter Cymru and Brecon Foodbank and have been premiered Live on Facebook. The concerts can be viewed below (YouTube Video) or via the Choir Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/breconmalechoir
During this time of year, the Choir would be visiting Care Homes singing to the staff and residents. Unfortunately, we are unable to do that this year, but the Choir have recorded a number of Christmas Carols with the videos being sent directly to them. The Choir wanted to bring some festive cheer to everyone during these difficult times.
Donations can be made on line for Shelter Cymru:
Or for Brecon Foodbank:
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.
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'.
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.'
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 s-
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!
The Choir practises every Thursday evening in Brynich Barn commencing at 7.00 p.m. You are most welcome to come along and listen to the Choir rehearsing.
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