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Builth Male Voice Choir Raises £1,000 for Wales Air Ambulance

Builth Male Voice Choir presented a cheque for £1,000 to Wales Air Ambulance from the proceeds at its annual St David’s Day concert which took place on 1st March. The concert was again held at The Strand Hall in Builth Wells with a packed and appreciative audience in attendance.

Brian Tolley representing Wales Air Ambulance receiving a cheque in the sum of £1,000 from BMVC Vice-Chairman Ian Coldrick with Musical Director Adrian Morgan & Accompanist Ann Bufton after the St David’s Day Concert at the Strand Hall Builth Wells

The main guests for the concert were Synergy, the award winning close harmony male voice choir from Abergavenny.   Synergy won the UK Best Small Choir prize in 2013 and aims at perfect harmony, singing a range of songs from ballads, pop, swing to laugh-out-loud – “we love what we do – we’re infectious!”. They were led by Martin Flory – their talented gold-medallist Musical Director who was supported in conducting by Colin Ganderton and James Scott.  They boosted the proceeds by generously donating a large part of their fee to Wales Air Ambulance. Their programme ranged from the classic Welsh language ballad of the 1870s, Myfanwy, through to some of the biggest recent selling popular songs such as ELO’s Mr Blue Sky.  It included popular songs covering the 1930s to the noughties from some of the biggest artistes including Elvis, Billy Joel, The Monkees and The Beatles – soulful ballads, swing numbers, upbeat songs and other anthemic songs.

Synergy Choir

Builth Male Voice Choir & Synergy Choir in the finale of the St David’s Day Concert

Rhiannon Jones of Ysgol Calon Cymru brought along some of her talented pupils who provided some excellent solos with Isabelle Frewin on piano,  Maisie Wicocks and Flossy Twigger on flute and Mabli Jones with Libby Walker singing a ballad.

Builth Male Voice Choir was led by Adrian Morgan in his first St David’s Day concert as Musical Director with Mrs Ann Bufton as Accompanist. Their performance included two songs from Les Misérables (Do You Hear the People Sing and Bring Him Home), We Rise Again, Music in the Air and Gwahoddiad before a joint grand rousing finale of An American Trilogy with Synergy.

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Jim Evans

It is with much sadness in the choir that we learnt that Jim Evans, passed away suddenly in the early hours of Sunday 9 February. Jim had taken part in a very successful concert with Builth Male Voice Choir at Trefeglwys Memorial Hall on Saturday night but suffered a sudden and critical heart attack on his return home.

Jim was a senior member of the choir and only last month stood down after seven years honourable service as President. Jim, with his father Lambert and brother John, was a founder member of Builth Male Voice Choir over fifty years ago. Jim was elected the first Secretary of the choir and was a key figure in its successful establishment.  Members of the choir have been recounting their many fond memories of Jim, recalling his generous and very helpful nature. For many years he was the stage manager and ensured the choir was staged in a disciplined and professional manner. His joinery skills were put to great use in constructing the choir’s demountable staging which he ensured was transported and erected at the various concert venues we were asked to perform.

Jim was a much respected, hard working and dependable member of the choir. He started as a bass member but for the majority of his career was a key member of the second tenors as well as one of the second tenors in the choir’s octet. He had a natural talent to pitch and led everyone on the many “afterglow” singing sessions after concerts

Our thoughts and sympathy are extended to Yvette and family in their grief at this very sad time. Jim will be sorely missed in the ranks of the choir. The funeral will be on Monday 24 February 2.00pm at St Mary’s Church Builth Wells.

Saturday 15 February : Choir Social / Dinner

Approximately eighty guests (choristers and partners) sat down for a lovely three course meal in the luxurious surroundings of Caer Beris while Storm Dennis (the Menace) did its best to stir things up outside.

Once the dishes had been cleared away the Carmarthen Ukuleles entertained us with a broad range of songs from the present day going right back to the thirties, including of course the occasional George Formby number. In between songs they told us jokes and anecdotes.

Towards the end of the evening some of us practised our afterglow numbers before departing around midnight.

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Saturday 8 February : Trefeglwys Concert

The Choir ventured further North than usual to Trefeglwys near Llanidloes. We sang in a packed Memorial Hall which was a lovely building but we found the underfloor heating too efficient! During the pre-concert warm-up we discovered that the stage was fully mic’d and our singing was being projected via a good PA system. The concert was in aid of the local eisteddfod.

We shared the stage with what was described as the local “Von Trapp” nee Davies musical family.  At only 11 years of age Sioned had a lot of stage presence and a very musical and powerful voice for the show songs she performed.  Her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was particularly impressive. 

Two adult brothers of the same family sang some lovely duets accompanied by the keyboard.  They ended their second slot with a very humorous operatic ,but unfamiliar ,spelling song.

Our musical director Adrian Morgan was keen that Choir performed to a high standard in an area known for its high musical traditions – he was pleased at the end of a very successful evening.