The concert with our friends from CMG was a resounding success. It was the first time we had staged a ‘cabaret’ style concert in the Hall and it was a great initiative and created a warm and friendly atmosphere that was enjoyed by all. The concert was performed in two halves with Glynneath opening the proceedings with some superb numbers including the toe tapping Java Jive and the popular 16 tons. Ably supported by the very talented Gerywn Harries at the helm and the impressive Angharad Williams on the piano, who also sang beautifully. The choir got the concert off to a brilliant start. The second half belonged to Onllwyn who sang a number of relatively new pieces including En Route, Granada and finished with our thunderous rendition of The Dawn is not Distant from Nidaros. Notable contributions along the way from soloists Kevin O’Sullivan with ‘Ol Man River; Arwyn Gwyn signing the Matt Munro classic Born Free and Gareth Rees who sang the Roberta Flack classic ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.
The Choirs then joined together to sign Morte Christie together and it sounded so good we repeated the last verse, much to the audiences delight.
A special welcome must go out to our wonderful compere for the evening John Evans whose humour and direction really set the tone from the very begining, diolch John. Also a huge thank you to the musical team of Onllwyn, Julie Sims and Matthew Ioan Sims and also to Gerwyn and Angharad from Glynneath. And of course to the audience for turning up in such large numbers to support the both choirs, it really does mean a great deal, and shows that the interest in hearing the male voice sing is very much alive and kicking.