The past two years have been very busy. The Chepstow Male Voice Choir continues to give high quality and musical performances where ever they go. The highlight of the 2017 was their tour to Cumbria in September. Twenty six members of The Chepstow Male Voice Choir and their supporters enjoyed a fabulous weekend at the Shaps Well Hotel, Penrith in Cumbria, stopping en route at Blackburn Cathedral. Here, a lovely concert was well received by all who attended with perfect acoustics for enhancing the choral repertoire. Here are the choristers singing Deus Salutis from this memorable event .Hear the added natural reverb produced from the high ceiling, stone walls and marble floor.
In particular the choirs’ guest soloists have always been a pleasure to accompany. Miss Sarah Gilford from 2016 talent was later recognised in the Cardiff Singer of the World Contest in 2018 where she was a finalist. The compilation of music from Miss Angharad Morgan, a most delightful soprano and the wonderful tenor, William Sharma once again show the calibre of the choirs’ soloists. Both performances are from Christmas concerts at the Leisure centre in Chepstow.
The choir regularly give up their time and talent to support good causes. In 2017 we were pleased to be part of the massed male choir event at Caldicot Castle with Monmouth and Caldicot choirs. At this event we enjoyed being with Mr Gio Compari , who is the fantastic tenor Mr Wyn Evans .However many of the choristers liked being photographed with the beautiful Alex Jones from the One Show!!
More recently the choir raised one thousand pounds for St David’s Foundation, a local hospice charity, through a concert at St Mary’s church, Usk in June of 2018. The choir also supports young musicians in the making by providing performance opportunities as guests at their concerts. Two such times the choir concerts have been enriched by students from Wyedean School Chepstow . Firstly by performances from the Wyedean Gospel choir and later ,Chloe R, a wonderful violinist who performed at the bandstand by the river Wye in the summer of 2018. Please see a video of this memorable afternoon.
The choir was expertly directed for the years 2017-18 by Mr Richard Fry who was a most approachable MD with a natural flair for music. Among his varied choice of repertoire, the C19th American folk song of Shenandoah stirred great feelings in the audience when ever performed. Fittingly it was sung at the Lydney proms in the summer of 2018 which was to be Richard’s last concert as MD.
The choir now has the talented Ian Russell as MD. He has brought a new dimension to the choir and there have been new members. Although only joining in October, Ian has conducted the choir in a very poignant Remembrance Day Service and at the very successful CMVC Christmas Concert.