Penllyn Village Hall Concert
From the Village Newsletter:
It has been a few years since the village has played host to a male voice choir to celebrate the St David’s Day weekend. The Joint Residents & Village Hall Committee decided to organize a fund raiser event for Saturday 28th February. The great musical evening with the Cardiff Male Choir on St David’s Day Eve was held in the re-furbished Penllyn Village Hall, and included a light buffet, raffle and bar. Of course singing is a thirst-making occupation but choir members showed great control in only having a cup of tea during the intermission – under their own rule for not attending the bar until the presentations were over. Great control for thirsty Welshmen – especially after a famous win by Wales over France earlier in the evening.
The Cardiff Male Choir (formerly the Canton Male Voice Choir) was actually founded in 1898, making it one of the oldest choirs in South Wales. They are well known for their extensive repertoire including Welsh hymns and rousing arias, Jazz classics, gospel numbers, songs from the shows, choruses from the great operas and ever-favourite traditional songs. The founding of the choir stretches back to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria when a group of men met in a back room of the “Old Barley Mow”, later renamed “The Exchange”, a public house on Cowbridge Road. The current Musical Director Emma Laidlaw-Height is a trained singer with an enthusiasm for music of all genres. Emma assumed her duties in 2010 and led the St David’s Day Eve event with great skill, drawing great choral performances from the choir. The choir meets at Whitchurch Sports & Social Club, Velindre Road, Whitchurch every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and welcomes new members of any skill level (call Brenda Manley on 02920 255656).
As a registered charity the choir lends its efforts to community fundraising and events. So our village was very fortunate to be able to secure their support for our village projects that need a flow of funding to keep the village as a place we can be proud of and helps to serve the needs of residents. The audience showed their great appreciation for their efforts and professional approach. It was noted that there were some quite good voices in the audience when everyone was invited to sing along – clearly a village with hidden talent! A special thanks to Sir Brooke Boothby of Fonmon Castle, in the Vale of Glamorgan, who made a personal donation towards the success of the evening. Finally, thanks must go to everyone who supported the event and all of the village helpers who made the evening a success, especially: preparing the intermission buffet, stocking of the bar and donations for the raffle and also many thanks for donations from the audience – and of course thanks to everyone who helped with the inevitable clean-up. We hope to return this traditional celebration to our regular calendar of events. Why not arrange to come with a group of friends – so watch this space for St David’s day celebrations for the coming years.
Come and Celebrate St David’s Day with Cardiff Male Choir
The choir will be busy performing a selection of Welsh hymns to celebrate St David’s Day at two concerts over the weekend.
Saturday 28th February, Penllyn Village Hall, Cowbridge, CF71 7RQ
Doors open from 7pm, and the event is raising money for a Defibrilator for Penllyn.
Sunday 1st March, St Faith’s Church Llanishen, Cardiff, CF 14 5JW
The choir return to St Faith’s for the 3rd year in a row to help raise money for church funds. This concert is always packed to the rafters with a fabulous buffet served.
Cardiff Male Choir help to add a little Welsh flavour to
‘Steak of the Art’
“Steak of the Art, Cardiff was officially launched on 12 February with members of the Cardiff media scene and local businesses coming along to a VIP event. The evening had a deference towards the Welsh culture and included a local harpist and members of Cardiff Male Choir singing some traditional Welsh songs to the guests.”
From the Steak of the Art website.
If you would like Cardiff Male Choir to perform at your event, why not get in touch?