At the beginningd of september I made a short return to the Pontypool Male Choir who were “between ” pianists .
They had two exciting events while I was helping them . A visit from Deputy Political Editor, Chris Ship brought great excitement to a regular evening practice when his team arrived to record the choir singing to make two interviews with choristers for the ITN Ten O Clock News. I did not feel well dressed for the t v so asked the cameras to focus on the choir but you can hear my playing!
The choir also wanted to take part in the massed male choir at St David’s Hall for the centenary Remembrance day concert with Katherine Jenkins on November the 1st. I helped the MD Mr Field in preparing the music and was happy to attend the concert as a spectator and was very proud of the whole event. It was good to see talented pianist and MD Mr David Last on stage with members of the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir, whom I played for in 2004.
I played the encore , When the Saints for the final Sunday concert at the church of St.Jean in Laloubere where the two choirs combined forces”.
The year began quietly and the Chepstow male voice choir were performing locally as usual.
A surprise opportunity to play for Ms Virginia Blakey a talented professional soprano came through Elaine the MD of the choir. The show called Tea with Puccini was be performed in the Savoy theatre Monmouth in full period costume . The narrator was Reuben Tourettes.
The rehearsals were thorough and the performance was polished and successful.
of the highlights which include One Fine Day from Madame Butterfly, effortlessly sung by Virginia, followed by one of The Gwent Music Support service’s highest standard clarinettists, Daisy Cooksley, who played the Mozart clarinet B flat concerto , rondo with real style. You can see this on you tube.
Clarinet solo at the Tea with Puccini Show, Monmouth.
Daisy was so successful that she was the choir’s guest soloist a few weeks later in Shirenewton church where funds were being raised for the RNLI.
The choir’s annual May concert in St Mary’s church was a sell out and the Kempton Trio were delightful. I enjoyed playing The Gypsy with the violin and choir very much.