The Welsh Valleys Tour
21st – 24th October 2016
For this year’s choir tour the Leigh Orpheus had been invited to South Wales by its friends in the Pontnewydd Male Choir and, as well as singing with them, the choir wanted to make the most of the opportunity to sing in interesting places. In total it was a party of over 90 participants.
The first performance on Saturday morning was in the Blaenavon Ironworks. Visitors to this open air museum flocked to hear the choir which put on a 20 minute performance for them. Judging by their applause they liked it. And the folk in charge said how good LOMVC were and requested a return visit as soon as possible!
Saturday evening saw the Leigh Orpheus join in Concert with the Pontnewydd Male Choir. Two male voice choirs in one evening in addition to a soloist. Both choirs impressed the near-capacity audience with varied pieces from their two repertoires, the highlights of the evening being two joint pieces, the second of which, Gwahoddiad, was sung in memory of those affected by the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago.
On Sunday it was off to St Fagans, an open air museum of Welsh Life. Two performances outside the Workman’s Institute with audiences at both of over 100 people.
One further performance at St Fagans in the beautiful St Teilos Church. An amazing acoustic and a privilege to be able to sing there.
On Monday the Leigh Orpheus had been booked to sing at the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff, The Senedd. First, two sets inside this impressive building.
And then the Leigh Orpheus’s final performance of this tour, outside The Senedd, with the choir singing lustily out across Cardiff Bay.
Without doubt, another excellent tour. Some of the comments the Leigh Orpheus has been pleased to receive:
From supporters who accompanied the Leigh Orpheus on tour: The singing at the heritage centres was wonderful to hear and the set in the old church was moving as was the closing song on Saturday night
From the organiser at St Fagans: It was our pleasure to have you here – It’s always a joy to hear the sound of a male voice choir in the Museum
From the staff at The Senedd: Your choir sounded brilliant – we received lots of compliments from visitors!
Another successful Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir Tour!