WELL, WE ARE BACK FOR THE AUTUMN!!!!
Two lovely choir parents put together this lovely tea concert with scrumptious cakes and worked very hard to make this a lovely warm friendly atmosphere in the Devauden Village Hall which raised money for our trip to Llangrannog around Hallowe'en next month and Llangollen next year- all very exciting! Sadly, because of lack of funds we were unable to do the World Choir Games, but in some ways it is a relief as the choir is losing its older experienced members and is gaining lovely younger joiners, who are untried and inexperienced and the smaller concerts and choral training days coming up at Usk and Llangrannog will help with the training. I am grateful to the three young sopranos helping in the second sopranos at the moment, who are more experienced and helping the section, which has recently unexpectedly lost some members to 'A levels'. They really came into their own yesterday, with other members missing.
The repertoire for this tea concert had to be the simpler diet for the very young, but they acquitted themselves very well, sounding sweet-toned and being supported by two ex members who had come to help, soprano Amelia Hughes and baritone Rhys Nicholson. Confidence is the issue in a new choir and learning all the work and their support is much appreciated.
The programme included 'The Water of Tyne', 'The Rose' 'Vois sur ton chemin', 'Happy Wanderer,' 'Sing with the Spirit,' 'Black Velvet Band' and 'Hail Holy Queen' and 'Kalinka'. The concentration was very good, although the African carol 'Singabahamba Iothina' was only learnt the day before! All credit to the hard work, and new members. The audience appeared to enjoy the selection and the tea and this outing of the younger choir. There will be a short concert at Usk at the end of the Singing Afternoon.
Thanks are due to Tim and Debbie Walker for the baking and all the organisation and to Gabi and Nick Dunbar for spending so much time getting the new hoodies embroidered for all those who ordered them and Heidi braving an Abergavenny food fair and picking them up! It was time-consuming for Gabi and Nick and they also provide our premises. Thank you to Katie , Lisa Tim and Jo and all others who helped with the folder organisation and checked all the music and Katie again for handing out the hoodies and tea shirts.
Thank you to our Conductor, Christian Jenkins, who occasionally takes choir, and to Heidi Nicholson for her administration and organising and working the sound for the accompaniment. The Feedback from the new parents was very good and a standard has been established where the choir can go from strength to strength.