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24/10/16 - Parade for Heroes Manchester – October 2016 On Thursday, 6th October 2016 an e-mail was received by the Choir asking us to perform in Manchester on the 17th October 2016 to honour all the Olympians and their achievements during the Olympic Games of 2016. It was to be a prestigious event attended by the Prime Minister, Lord Coe and many other VIP’s but only a week for us to make the arrangements. The response from the Choir members was unanimous that it was too great an honour and occasion to refuse and despite the short notice approx 60 members agreed to go. Thankfully the Choir has several members willing to work tirelessly and within a week all arrangements had been made. We understood that the other Artistes attending were Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson along with an expected crowd of around 150,000!!! Once the songs had been rehearsed and our Deputy conductor Huw Alan Roberts had recovered some of his nerves we began our journey to Manchester and we arrived at the magnificent City hall. The stage in the main square was huge and surrounded by media equipment. The first job was to set up and have a sound check which is where we had our first problem! Someone, who shall remain nameless, had forgotten to bring a box containing all the cables, pedals etc for our keyboard. A fact only found out as we were setting up. By now we knew that Olly Murs was not attending the event but even better for us the Kaiser Chiefs were standing in and much to their credit, allowed us to use their own keyboard… relief and gratitude all round. Once Liz, our accompanist, had calmed her nerves her sound check on the keyboard went perfectly. Just as the Choir were to carry out our soundcheck, the huge banner behind the Choir decided to collapse. Thankfully far enough away from the Tenors (a precious commodity) but quite close to the Bass section therefore we had to vacate the stage sharply to allow repairs to be made. This took longer than anticipated therefore our soundcheck was cancelled, we would have to perform without soundcheck or rehearsal!!!!! The time came for us to take the stage with a huge crowd (and a parrot!!) in attendance. The sun came out and we all waited nervously for the backing track to start and we were away. The speaker system was loud and carried our sound all around with echoes of Blue Monday and One Day like This going for miles. Our ‘spot‘ was soon over and we left the stage to cheers and applause. Gaby Logan in the BBC studio referred to us as a New Order Tribute Band…… that’s a first. It was a great experience once again for the Brythoniaid made especially so by the superb staff and technical crew, our liason officer Mandy and the Kaiser Chiefs….
17/5/17 - Choir Trip to Ireland Easter 2017 Very early on Saturday the 8th April about 50 members of the Choir and 25 supporters began the journey to Athy in County Kildare for the first of two concerts arranged by the Lions Clubs of Athy and Kilkenny. Once aboard the Ferry we set sail on a beautiful morning with calm waters, a good start. Having reached Dublin without any casualties we travelled about 90 minutes to the town of Athey where on the outskirts we went to visit an addiction Centre by the name of Cuan Mhuire which is one of several such centres in Ireland to help people with alcohol or drug problems. We were met at the entrance to the centre by a traditional Irish Piper who led us down the drive to the centre itself where the welcome was overwhelming. The centre had organised fantastic food for us which was greatly appreciated. We then went out to an open air amphitheatre where we sang about six songs for the very appreciative and large audience present. This was an excellent start to the trip. It was on then to the centre of town where we had a few hours to relax in the warm sunshine before assembling at St Michaels Church where the concert was to be held. An old church with a lovely stained glass window and excellent acoustics. Prior to the concert we were royally fed by the organisers which begged the question would we be able to sing after such a feast. This Church had a capacity of about 250 and the organisers could not tell beforehand if it was going to be a sellout. About five minutes before we were going to sing we were asked to delay as an SOS had gone out for more chairs. When we entered the Church there were people sitting in the aisle and filling the standing areas to the rear… to say it was packed was an understatement. We were sharing the stage with a local school Choir and one of Irelands foremost pipers, Brian Hughes who were wonderful. We finished off the evening by singing our arrangement of the Irish national anthem Amhran na be Fiann which was very well received. It was then back on the bus for the journey to our lovely Hotel in the centre of Kilkenny and there were 75 very tired people grateful for a good nights sleep that night. On the Sunday morning we were free to wander around the lovely town of Kilkenny with its rich history, superb castle and park. Some walked the town while others took advantage of the brilliant little train that drove around the town visiting major sites and back streets alike, a great experience. The concert on Sunday afternoon organised by the Kilkenny and Carlow Lions Club was to be held at the beautiful St Johns Church with its great acoustics. One or two minor hitches were overcome thanks mainly to the superb professionalism of our accompanist Elizabeth. Even during our rehearsal the acoustics took our breath away and we were really looking forward to the concert itself. Once again a very large audience were present and we were sharing the stage with a local soloist and instrumentalist. The audience were greatly appreciative of the Choir and the voice of John Eifion during several of our songs which echoed around the wonderful Church. At the end the audience, as previous night, were on their feet demanding an encore. We finished the evening, as previously, with the Irish and Welsh Anthems which went down extremely well, a brilliant end to a brilliant evening. A great deal of thanks has to be paid to both the Lions Clubs of Athy and Kilkenny for their superb arrangements and welcome. It was a trip, although short, was one which will remain in our memories for a long time and we hope that the monies raised at both concerts will make some difference to the various Charities.
24/11/2018 - Machynlleth Concert On the 24th November 2018 the Choir held a concert at the Tabernacle, Machynlleth at the request of the Machynlleth Music Club. This was the first time in many years that the Choir had sung at this lovely venue. The first problem to overcome was staging the Choir due to the number of members. This was overcome by locating the First Tenors and second bass in the Gallery whilst the Second Tenors and first Bass occupied the stage area. A quick rehearsal showed that any doubts we had about this arrangement were quickly dispelled by the wonderful acoustics at this venue which made singing easy. The Choir were fortunate to have the services of four soloists from their ranks, something which has not been possible for many years. They were, Dewi Thomas from Tenor 1 , Robin Gruffudd and Rhodri Williams from Bass 1 and Eilir Davies from Bass2, although on the night Rhodri was unfortunately unable to sing. It was a great evening with a very appreciative audience on their feet at the end… a good sign. The Choir were pleased to see Mr Elfyn Pugh, the Choir President and Kath Pugh the Vice President present. Many thanks to Sally Marshall for all her help in staging this concert. The Choir were also pleased to welcome a young lady by the name of Etienne Bruce to the concert. Etienne, a very talented photographer will be following the Choir in the coming months to complete a special project on the Choir. The Choirs soloists on the evening - Robin Gruffudd, Dewi Thomas, Eilir Davies and Rhodri Williams.
27/2/2019 - MRS SUNDERLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019- 23RD FEBRUARY - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL. On Friday the 22nd February 2019 after months of practice the Choir and supporters made the journey to Huddersfield to compete in this prestigious Festival for Choirs and performers from all over the country. The Choir were competing in two competitions namely the Male Voice Choir and the Choral Open Challenge. In the first competition we were up against two other very good male voice Choirs and both previous winners of this competition in Skelmanthorpe and Peterborough. The second competition was in the open section therefore the Choir would be competing against Male , female and mixed Choirs, always a very tough challenge. After a good night’s rest we made our way to the magnificent Huddersfield town hall and its acoustically perfect main hall. It always takes the breath away walking onto the stage to sing here. John our conductor thought we would start with a bang, so to speak , and chose ‘ Heriwn wynebwn y Wawr “ with its initial impact, it certainly worked. Our second song was “Agnus Dei “ which again went very well. Then it was the dreaded wait for the adjudication which in this Festival is always very quick but nerve wracking nonetheless. The adjudicators comments for all three Choirs were all very complimentary and it was very hard to judge who had actually won. He then proceeded to place the Choirs as follows : 1st Brythoniaid 2nd Peterborough 3rd Skelmanthorpe. The Choir and supporters were on their feet as a very happy John Eifion went on stage to collect the Brighouse Trophy. The first time in 24 years a Welsh Choir had won this competition. A great start which meant that the Choir went through to compete in the Choir of the Festival competition later that day. After a short break the next competition was the Open Challenge. In this one we opened our programme with ‘ Prayer’ from Lohengrin, again a powerful start with the bass section given the chance to ‘ do their stuff ‘ and boy did they do it, it sounded magnificent. We then changed tack completely and sang the very quiet unaccompanied piece ‘ Cyn cau Llygaid ( Close thine eyes ) which again went very well and we finished off with ‘ Anthem ‘ from the musical Chess. If the applause at the end was anything to go by, we were in with a chance. Again the adjudication was quick and very even in comment. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. This is how it went 1st Brythoniaid 2nd Peterborough Voices 3rd Harmonia Womens Choir Well, we and our supporters were overjoyed and on our feet. Needless to say, John Eifion was rather pleased. What a feeling. Then came the result of the Raffle Grand Draw, with the Choir Secretary , Phill Jones, coming out First in this as well. The gods were certainly looking down favourably on us. In the break between these competitions and the evening event was a gap of about an hour, just enough time to find a local establishment where a certain rugby match was taking place. We discreetly, as discreetly as about 40 men can, slipped in and were disappointed to see the score at that time and the sound of Sweet Chariots. Well there was a challenge, Calon Lan was quickly followed by Hymns and Arias and guess what.. Wales started scoring. It got to the point where the Chariots had given up and we were asked to stop singing to stem the flow of points….no chance. The Choir returned to the Hall for one final challenge where the winners of all the Choral competitions were seated. We had decided by now to enjoy ourselves . We were singing last and listened to very good choirs singing their hearts out. We took to the stage and surprised everyone by singing One Day Like This by Elbow, totally un-traditional but received rapturous applause at the end. We followed this with O Sole Mio with our very own conductor taking the lead solo. We even had the whole audience singing “ Just one Cornetto” at one point. When our final note was hit, the audience and other choir members rose to their feet to applaud, which kept going till every member of our Choir had left the stage. The MC returned to the stage and said “ I’ve never seen that before “ Then came to the adjudication which was based on the best song sung during the whole Festival , something new, we were placed second to the excellent Peterborough Voices who had sung an unaccompanied song called “ Kyrie” and deserved the prize. All in all it was a fantastic weekend, not only for the competition , but to have the company of our supporters and friends including our President Elfyn Pugh and Vice- Presidents Kath Pugh and Ian Brown and to see friends we had not seen for some time….wonderful This was the culmination on weeks of practice which tested the stamina and patience of John Eifion and Elizabeth Ellis our ‘ Musical Team’ and the Choir are very fortunate and grateful for their work and commitment. Onward and upward.
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24/10/16 - Parade for Heroes Manchester – October 2016 On Thursday, 6th October 2016 an e-mail was received by the Choir asking us to perform in Manchester on the 17th October 2016 to honour all the Olympians and their achievements during the Olympic Games of 2016. It was to be a prestigious event attended by the Prime Minister, Lord Coe and many other VIP’s but only a week for us to make the arrangements. The response from the Choir members was unanimous that it was too great an honour and occasion to refuse and despite the short notice approx 60 members agreed to go. Thankfully the Choir has several members willing to work tirelessly and within a week all arrangements had been made. We understood that the other Artistes attending were Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson along with an expected crowd of around 150,000!!! Once the songs had been rehearsed and our Deputy conductor Huw Alan Roberts had recovered some of his nerves we began our journey to Manchester and we arrived at the magnificent City hall. The stage in the main square was huge and surrounded by media equipment. The first job was to set up and have a sound check which is where we had our first problem! Someone, who shall remain nameless, had forgotten to bring a box containing all the cables, pedals etc for our keyboard. A fact only found out as we were setting up. By now we knew that Olly Murs was not attending the event but even better for us the Kaiser Chiefs were standing in and much to their credit, allowed us to use their own keyboard… relief and gratitude all round. Once Liz, our accompanist, had calmed her nerves her sound check on the keyboard went perfectly. Just as the Choir were to carry out our soundcheck, the huge banner behind the Choir decided to collapse. Thankfully far enough away from the Tenors (a precious commodity) but quite close to the Bass section therefore we had to vacate the stage sharply to allow repairs to be made. This took longer than anticipated therefore our soundcheck was cancelled, we would have to perform without soundcheck or rehearsal!!!!! The time came for us to take the stage with a huge crowd (and a parrot!!) in attendance. The sun came out and we all waited nervously for the backing track to start and we were away. The speaker system was loud and carried our sound all around with echoes of Blue Monday and One Day like This going for miles. Our ‘spot‘ was soon over and we left the stage to cheers and applause. Gaby Logan in the BBC studio referred to us as a New Order Tribute Band…… that’s a first. It was a great experience once again for the Brythoniaid made especially so by the superb staff and technical crew, our liason officer Mandy and the Kaiser Chiefs….
24/11/2018 - Machynlleth Concert On the 24th November 2018 the Choir held a concert at the Tabernacle, Machynlleth at the request of the Machynlleth Music Club. This was the first time in many years that the Choir had sung at this lovely venue. The first problem to overcome was staging the Choir due to the number of members. This was overcome by locating the First Tenors and second bass in the Gallery whilst the Second Tenors and first Bass occupied the stage area. A quick rehearsal showed that any doubts we had about this arrangement were quickly dispelled by the wonderful acoustics at this venue which made singing easy. The Choir were fortunate to have the services of four soloists from their ranks, something which has not been possible for many years. They were, Dewi Thomas from Tenor 1 , Robin Gruffudd and Rhodri Williams from Bass 1 and Eilir Davies from Bass2, although on the night Rhodri was unfortunately unable to sing. It was a great evening with a very appreciative audience on their feet at the end… a good sign. The Choir were pleased to see Mr Elfyn Pugh, the Choir President and Kath Pugh the Vice President present. Many thanks to Sally Marshall for all her help in staging this concert. The Choir were also pleased to welcome a young lady by the name of Etienne Bruce to the concert. Etienne, a very talented photographer will be following the Choir in the coming months to complete a special project on the Choir. The Choirs soloists on the evening - Robin Gruffudd, Dewi Thomas, Eilir Davies and Rhodri Williams.
27/2/2019 - MRS SUNDERLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019- 23RD FEBRUARY - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL. On Friday the 22nd February 2019 after months of practice the Choir and supporters made the journey to Huddersfield to compete in this prestigious Festival for Choirs and performers from all over the country. The Choir were competing in two competitions namely the Male Voice Choir and the Choral Open Challenge. In the first competition we were up against two other very good male voice Choirs and both previous winners of this competition in Skelmanthorpe and Peterborough. The second competition was in the open section therefore the Choir would be competing against Male , female and mixed Choirs, always a very tough challenge. After a good night’s rest we made our way to the magnificent Huddersfield town hall and its acoustically perfect main hall. It always takes the breath away walking onto the stage to sing here. John our conductor thought we would start with a bang, so to speak , and chose ‘ Heriwn wynebwn y Wawr “ with its initial impact, it certainly worked. Our second song was “Agnus Dei “ which again went very well. Then it was the dreaded wait for the adjudication which in this Festival is always very quick but nerve wracking nonetheless. The adjudicators comments for all three Choirs were all very complimentary and it was very hard to judge who had actually won. He then proceeded to place the Choirs as follows : 1st Brythoniaid 2nd Peterborough 3rd Skelmanthorpe. The Choir and supporters were on their feet as a very happy John Eifion went on stage to collect the Brighouse Trophy. The first time in 24 years a Welsh Choir had won this competition. A great start which meant that the Choir went through to compete in the Choir of the Festival competition later that day. After a short break the next competition was the Open Challenge. In this one we opened our programme with ‘ Prayer’ from Lohengrin, again a powerful start with the bass section given the chance to ‘ do their stuff ‘ and boy did they do it, it sounded magnificent. We then changed tack completely and sang the very quiet unaccompanied piece ‘ Cyn cau Llygaid ( Close thine eyes ) which again went very well and we finished off with ‘ Anthem ‘ from the musical Chess. If the applause at the end was anything to go by, we were in with a chance. Again the adjudication was quick and very even in comment. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. This is how it went 1st Brythoniaid 2nd Peterborough Voices 3rd Harmonia Womens Choir Well, we and our supporters were overjoyed and on our feet. Needless to say, John Eifion was rather pleased. What a feeling. Then came the result of the Raffle Grand Draw, with the Choir Secretary , Phill Jones, coming out First in this as well. The gods were certainly looking down favourably on us. In the break between these competitions and the evening event was a gap of about an hour, just enough time to find a local establishment where a certain rugby match was taking place. We discreetly, as discreetly as about 40 men can, slipped in and were disappointed to see the score at that time and the sound of Sweet Chariots. Well there was a challenge, Calon Lan was quickly followed by Hymns and Arias and guess what.. Wales started scoring. It got to the point where the Chariots had given up and we were asked to stop singing to stem the flow of points….no chance. The Choir returned to the Hall for one final challenge where the winners of all the Choral competitions were seated. We had decided by now to enjoy ourselves . We were singing last and listened to very good choirs singing their hearts out. We took to the stage and surprised everyone by singing One Day Like This by Elbow, totally un- traditional but received rapturous applause at the end. We followed this with O Sole Mio with our very own conductor taking the lead solo. We even had the whole audience singing “ Just one Cornetto” at one point. When our final note was hit, the audience and other choir members rose to their feet to applaud, which kept going till every member of our Choir had left the stage. The MC returned to the stage and said “ I’ve never seen that before “ Then came to the adjudication which was based on the best song sung during the whole Festival , something new, we were placed second to the excellent Peterborough Voices who had sung an unaccompanied song called “ Kyrie” and deserved the prize. All in all it was a fantastic weekend, not only for the competition , but to have the company of our supporters and friends including our President Elfyn Pugh and Vice- Presidents Kath Pugh and Ian Brown and to see friends we had not seen for some time….wonderful This was the culmination on weeks of practice which tested the stamina and patience of John Eifion and Elizabeth Ellis our ‘ Musical Team’ and the Choir are very fortunate and grateful for their work and commitment. Onward and upward.