A very warm welcome to you from Pontnewydd Male Choir…
The choir is entering a new and exciting period in its history as, under Pauline Carey’s direction, we have the responsibility of enhancing the proud tradition and reputation of the choir. I look forward to helping guide the choir through the initial stages of this process.
We have already produced a template of our future direction which is firmly focused on ensuring the continued success of the choir. Our aspirations are:
* To maintain and increase the membership strength of the choir
* To achieve the highest standard of musical performance
* To extend the appeal of the choir to a wider variety of audience
Our plans and decisions in respect of choice of repertoire, concert engagements, venues, tour programmes and links with our choirs will all be determined by their relevance to achieving these aspirations.
We will seek to continue and extend our support and sponsorship of young, local musical talent and in that respect we congratulate Caitlin Prowle on gaining entry to Oxford University to study music. To help us on this journey we are seeking active partnerships with a wide range of organisations and other chiors. If you feel you can help us please contact us.
Over the last 12 months the choir has continued to sing at a wide range of engagements, from weddings and anniversary celebrations, to charity concerts both locally and further afield. Our participation in the annual Remembrance Service at Holy Trinity, Pontnewydd has become a firmly established feature in our calendar as has our involvement with the Welsh Warrior charity, The Richard Hunt Foundation.
April of this year saw a new departure for the choir with our performance of “A Night at the Theatre”, was a great success,a themed concert concept that we plan to continue. There followed an enjoyable 4 day tour to Falmouth, Cornwall where the choir not only established a new contact with local choir ‘8 to the Bar’ but also renewed old associations with Mousehole and Nankersey Male Choirs.
Looking ahead, the choir will be recording a new CD next week and in October we will be performing a joint concert at St Hilda’s, Griffithstown with Leigh Orpheus Choir from Essex. November will see us singing with Talgarth Male Choir at the Welsh Warrior charity concert at King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny, followed by a concert in Gloucester to support the Dean Neurological Centre at Winfield Hospital. Our Christmas concert is arranged for 17th December.
2017 is already promising to be another busy year of engagements in addition to our established Spring, Annual and Christmas concert programme. February will see us combine with other male choirs in the area to perform at the Mayor of Torfaen’s Charity concert whilst a second massed choir event in November will mark the 2017 Festival of Remembrance.
March and April will see us fulfil a series of engagements at local care homes whilst the choir already have a number of wedding commitments for the summer months.
The recent news of the passing of Walford Hutchings, who had a 45 year association with the choir, first as its accompanist and then as Musical Director, has left the choir with an immense sense of sadness and loss but tempered by the knowledge that a rich and rewarding life had such a positive influence on so many people, not least the members of Pontnewydd Male Choir.
This is my first year as Chairman of the choir and there is no greater honour that the choir can bestow on a fellow chorister, so I would like to thank the Music Team, the committee and the choir for the support and confidence that they have placed in me to undertake this role. I must also pay special thanks to the Ladies Committee for their continuing hard work and support for the choir.
Diolch yn fawr i chi gyd.
Thanks to you all
Ian Evans. Chairman