The Choir is thrilled to advise that Specsavers of Cowbridge & Talbot Green have generously agreed to become a sponsor of the Choir. They join The Place for Homes, our principal and longstanding sponsor of CMVC. The sponsorship will enable the choir to further invest in musical equipment, travel and music and we are all delighted with the new arrangement. Commenting on the new sponsorship, CMVC chairman Jon Wilks said “this is a wonderful development for the choir and we much value Specsavers’ support. They, like us, are at the heart of the communities they serve and we are very grateful to them.”
At the invitation of the President of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Johnny Homfray, the choir was immensely proud to headline the very popular Moliant Y Maes event on the evening before the start of the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. An audience reckoned to be over 1,000 attended the shearing shed (where the event is traditionally held) and the feedback was instantly extraordinary. Indeed, watch this space for notice of a new concert being planned with the RWAS in the Winter, such was the acclaim.
The audience came in their hundreds for our annual concert at Cowbridge Leisure Centre on July 15th and enjoyed a sumptuous evening of songs mixing traditional hymns with modern melodies. We unveiled 2 new debutant choristers in Phil Williams and Huw Davies, whilst a further 7 were making annual concert debuts. Our soloist, Ellen Williams, was majesty personified, whilst a highlight for many was a first performance of the Joni Mitchell song ‘Both Sides Now’ featuring 9 BSL-trained choristers signing the entire song. A standing ovation resulted. Bravo to our musical team of Rhiannon Williams (MD), Sandra Williams (accompanist) and Scott Williams (organ) for a wonderful performance and thanks to all of you who supported.
The Choir’s visit to Clanfield was an absolute fiesta from start to finish. A wonderful community tea on arrival, a sold out audience in very warm and sultry conditions and a packed pub for the brilliant afterglow. Bravo Clanfield – we will return!
A large number of choristers, partners and fans from CMVC have just returned from a brilliant tour to Cyprus where the choir performed 3 fabulous concerts. Combined with the outstanding Achord Community Choir based in Cyprus for the first two performances at St Giorgio Restaurant, Paphos and the imposing Pissouri Amphitheatre, everyone enjoyed a wonderful and uplifting week in the sunshine. None will forget either the plummeting temperature at Pissouri as the wind picked up and night fell, nor the extraordinary reception and deafening applause at our final performance at St Georges Hotel, Paphos. Huge thanks to all involved in organising, particularly John Williams and Bob Jenkins.
An incredible evening of song in the magnificent settings of Llandaff Cathedral was a treat for the capacity audience, raising money for the cancer support charity, Maggie’s Cardiff. Combined with the exceptional talents of Howells School Preparatory Competition Choir, this was a memorable occasion by any standards. If you couldn’t get a ticket, then you can enjoy the entire concert, expertly filmed by the Llandaff Cathedral team, via the following link: https://llandaffcathedral.online/maggies-cancer-concert.
The choir were privileged to be invited to sing in the magnificent Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Saturday 24th March to raise money for the Samaritans charity. Performing to a very appreciative and warm audience, over £6,000 was raised through the event – a magnificent sum and full reward for the efforts that the choir made. Congratulations to new chorister debutants Geoff Reed and Stuart McCulloch!