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Saturday 16 June : Wedding Reception at The Bleddfa Centre

The Choir sang for guests at a wedding reception in Bleddfa on 16 June. At the beginning of their performance the choir accompanied the bride who sang a solo in the traditional New Zealand love song Pokare Ana.

The Choir sang a wide variety of songs including Welsh favourites O Gymru, Calon Lan and Rachie and their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the guests who had travelled from all parts of the UK.

Builth Male Voice Choir with the bride and groom at The Bleddfa Centre

Thursday 7 June : Concert at The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

The Choir once again was called upon to entertain guests staying at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells – this time visitors from the Great Rail Tours visit to Wales. David Power was MC and entertained the audience with his dry wit – Adrian Morgan conducted and Ann Bufton was the accompanist.

 

Songs included When the Saints, Speed Your Journey, Away from the roll of the sea, Homeward Bound, Hallelujah plus other favourite songs from the repertoire. The concert finished with an encore – Stout Hearted Men

Saturday 19 May : Concert at Rorke’s Drift Rally Brecon

In May 2018 the Choir was once again asked to take part in the Rorke’s Drift Rally at Brecon. Adrian Morgan was the conductor and Ann Bufton was the accompanist for a programme of stirring songs which was enjoyed by a very noisy and appreciative audience. Starting with Stout Hearted Men the Choir sang ten songs.

A highlight of the event was a recitation by Top Tenor Bruce Watkins who brought a hush to the marquee with his rendition of a poem about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift which culminated in a standing ovation. Another highlight for the enthusiastic audience were two leading organisers of the Rally – The Zulu Chief and the Zulu Witch Doctor – who were called to the front of the stage where the Chief proposed marriage to the Witch Doctor! This was followed by the Choir finishing with Men of Harlech when members of the  audience, some dressed in Red Coats and Pith Helmets and others dressed as Zulus, joined in the singing and celebration.

 

Friday 11 May : Concert at The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

The Choir performed its second concert in two weeks at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells – this time to entertain members of the MX-5 Owners Club International Meet. Viv Jones was the compere and the concert was conducted by Adrian Morgan with the choir performing a wide range of songs including With a Voice of Singing, Yfory, Bring him home, Hallelujah, Gwahoddiad, The Water is Wide, Homeward Bound, American Trilogy.

At the end of the concert there was a standing ovation and call for an encore which was  followed by the Welsh National Anthem.  The appreciative audience came from Wales, England and across Europe. After the concert one couple from Arnem, Holland, who had sung in choirs all their lives, said that the concert was excellent and that the control and quality on the quiet sections was superb.  Afterwards a number of the audience started their own singing session in bar having been inspired by the Choir.

Monday 1 May : Concert at The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

The Choir was asked to entertain members of the Historical Vehicle Club of Belgium who were touring Wales and staying at the Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells. David Power was the compere with Luned Jones conducting and Ann Bufton the accompanist. The programme of ten songs was greatly appreciated by the Belgium audience who gave a standing ovation prompting an encore of “American Trilogy” from the Choir. The Chairman of the Vehicle Club thanked the Choir for showcasing traditional Welsh Male Voice Choral music and presented a Rally Sign to the Choir as a memento of the event.

Friday 23 February 7.30pm : St David’s Day Concert Strand Hall Builth Wells

On Friday 23 February for the first time for many years Builth Male Voice Choir was able to hold its St David’s Day Concert in the newly refurbished Strand Hall. A large and appreciative audience was treated to a feast of music in the annual charity concert which this year supported the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team.

The Concert featured SORELA, a singing trio of talented sisters from Ceredigion, and the children in Builth Wells Primary School Choir and was compered by Viv Jones, Immediate Past Chairman of the Choir. SORELA, an acapella folk trio who frequently appear on S4C television, sang an eclectic mix of traditional Welsh folk songs, 90’s pop hits, 50’s classics and original works all in acapella. Their performance enchanted the audience and particularly members of the Male Voice Choir who really appreciated their controlled close harmonies.

 

The young choristers from Builth Wells Primary School also charmed the audience with their lively and entertaining performance of three songs – Sing Hosanna, Calon Lân and Song for Every Season – and received a standing ovation. Builth Male Voice Choir showcased two new items – the traditional Welsh hymn Prysgol by William Owen and Sanctus by Cherubini – as well as a number of traditional favourites including The Creation by Willy Ritcher.

The Concert concluded with SORELA, Builth Male Voice Choir and the audience singing Calon Lân. Proceeds from the well supported raffle were match funded by Barclays Bank resulting in £1,000 being raised for the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, the emergency service staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donations.

Saturday 30 December : Concert at Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

The Choir completed its engagements for 2017 singing for guests staying on a New Year’s Break at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. David Power was the compere with Luned Jones and Adrian Morgan conducting two sets. Ann Bufton was the accompanist. Mike Labette played a cameo role entertaining the packed audience to his amusing rendition of “The Auld Axe” in the break between each set of songs.

Wednesday 27 December : Concert at Lake Country House Hotel, Llangammarch Wells

The Choir entertained guests at the Lake Country House Hotel in Llangammarch Wells at Christmas. The concert was compered by David Power and sang a variety of pieces ranging from “Benedictus” to “Calon Lan”.  The large number of guests showed their appreciation of an evening’s entertainment which concluded their Festive celebrations. The programme was jointly conducted by Luned Jones and Adrian Morgan with Ann Bufton as accompanist.

 

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