Friends Of Tredegar House Musical Evening

Male Voice ChoirOn Wednesday, 23rd of June, a beautiful summer’s evening, we gathered in St Joseph’s High School for a concert by the Gwent Police Male Choir supported by guest artists. In the audience was this year’s president of the Friends of Tredegar House, the worshipful Mayor of Newport, Bill Langsford, with his wife Sue.

What wonderful musical talent the education service of Gwent has on its staff. The Musical Director of the choir, Roger Appleby, is very well known throughout musical circles in Wales and his adaptations for the choir were first class. Having myself grown up in a family of choristers and having sung for thirty years in male voice choirs, I was most impressed with the discipline of the choir under Roger’s direction. They sang without needing sheet music so they were able to watch the conductor and all finish as one. The choir was well balanced, with a good number of top tenors and bottom basses along with the middle range voices, so producing a lovely harmony.

The MC for the evening, from amongst the choir, was entertaining and funny. His stories were appropriate to each song and artist. Chris Perkiss entertained us with some lovely solos. Her many years experience singing with operatic societies was evident as she really came into her own with the light operatic pieces.

Veronica Walsh, an old friend of Tredegar Friends, gave a delightful and varied programme of piano music. She had played the same piano before, as a girl when she was at the school which was then in Tredegar House. Very Nostalgic.

We all enjoyed a glass of wine in the interval and the evening concluded with a very good speech from the Mayor expressing thanks to the choir and guest artists, and a special vote of thanks to Judith Rice and her team who had worked so hard to organize the evening. The evening was a great success and raised a £1000 for the Friends of Tredegar House which will be spent towards bringing home to Tredegar House some Morgan memorabilia from Australia.

DR Hewinson, member

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