It’s always a delight to sing at weddings and this reception at Castellamare, Mumbles was no exception! The weather was perfect and the bride looked beautiful.
On the 18th July the choir donned their sailors’ outfits and got their sea legs ready for a voyage of discovery on the Copper Jack, sailing up the River Tawe. This social event was planned by two of our second sopranos, Avril and Julie and after the obligatory photo with the parrot…. we set sail on a lovely evening cruise.
A nautical-themed quiz was held on the first part of the journey followed by a buffet and drinks from the bar. Everyone was relaxed after the hard work the choir had put in for the successful annual concert and now it was time to chill-out! Not only had Julie and Avril put on the food, they had organised entertainment too! Rebecca and John, Julie’s daughter and son-in law are both very talented performers and entertained us all with sea shanties and a communal sing-song. It made the night. We arrived back in the marina and some of us diverted to the local wine bar for a last rum!!
The annual concert took place at a ‘full to capacity’ St James’ Church. The appreciative audience was treated to an excellent performance by the choir supported by two extremely talented guests. Bronwen Lewis, a singer/songwriter, had the audience enthralled with her rendition of beautiful songs, accompanying herself on the guitar in the first half and the piano in the second half. Philippe Marchaud-Rodgers, a percussionist, showed immense talent playing the marimba and both artistes received resounding applause after their performances. These two young, talented musicians have very bright futures ahead of them.
The choir performed a variety of songs including an Irish lullaby, a Welsh folk song and a special arrangement of Fly Me To The Moon. They concluded their programme with Thoroughly Modern Millie, a fun and lively musical finale. One special song was I’m Gonna Be (500 miles). Originally a hit for the Proclaimers, the arrangement for a ladies choir was done to raise funds for the charity Walking with the Wounded. A collection was made after the concert and donated to this very worthwhile charity.
We all enjoyed a lovely, relaxed evening performing at St Barnabas Church, Uplands as part of its annual festival. We sang a variety of our all time favourites including ‘Candle on the Water’ from the film ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and ‘The King and I Medley’. We were joined by three young talented vocalists who wowed the audience with their solos and ensemble pieces.
Love was certainly in the air at St.James’ Church in Uplands on Valentine’s Day when we joined forces with Morriston Phoenix Choir for an evening of songs with a romantic flavour. We also enjoyed performances by talented soloist Danica Swinton and our very own accompanist Jonathan Lycett.
Over £450 was raised during this relaxed, Christmas themed evening in aid of HCPT. We were joined on stage by local singers Sarah Clatworthy and Natalie Edwards.
We were honoured to be the opening performers at this spectacular Gala Dinner, held in memory of Swansea born Jonny Thomas. The event raised over £15,000 for the following local charities – ‘Surfability’, which promotes inclusive surfing for people with disabilities, ‘2 Wish Upon A Star’, which raises funds to improve bereavement support for parents who have lost a child suddenly and traumatically, the ‘Special Baby Care Unit’ at Singleton Hospital and Swansea City Centre Night Pastors.
It may have been raining, but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits as we rose to the challenge of the 5k Race for Life. Our combined efforts raised over £1,300 for Cancer Research UK.