St David's Day Concert Theatre Severn Shrewsbury
Following the resounding success of previous St David’s Day concerts at the wonderful Theatre Severn we are delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place on Saturday February 24th.
This is the North Wales Association of Male Voice Choirs fourth celebration concert at the theatre and this year it will be lead by two wonderful local choirs Newtown Male Voice Choir and the Orthopaedic Choir from Gobowen, both choirs have achieved so much over many years supporting both national and local good causes, demand for tickets therefore is bound to be high so we would advise getting yours early.
Newtown Male Voice Choir
Newtown Choir can trace its roots to the early 1900’s but Cedewain Gleeman, its original name, was formed in 1951 with about 60 members. It presently numbers some 46 choristers drawn from all walks of life, some from Newtown itself but mostly from the surrounding communities. However, five members travel regularly from the Oswestry area all keen to sing and willing to give up a couple of hours each week to gain enjoyment themselves and also to give pleasure to others.
One of its main aims is to support local charities and throughout its 64 years existence has willingly done this with so many churches, chapels and charitable organisations benefiting from its services.
The choir has taken part in numerous Festivals of 1000 Voices from the Royal Albert Hall, these visits accompanied by many friends and supporters. In 1978 and 1979 they enjoyed exchange visits with a choir from Schinveld, Holland and on four occasions similar visits with the High Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir, many keeping in touch with friends made through these exchanges. The choir is a great “social club” where everybody enjoys the camaraderie and friendship. It is mainly a concert choir who enjoy the spirit of the song.
Over the past five years they have greatly enjoyed their visits to Devon and in October 2011, a visit to Ireland and in 2013 travelling to Carlisle and Cumbria with a further visit to Cumbria undertaken in June of 2017. Another visit to Devon is planned for September
No choir can enjoy success without the leadership qualities of a good Musical Director and Accompanists. Newtown are proud to have these qualities in Christine, Gill, and Sarah. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday Evenings at 7.30 p.m. in the United Reform Church, Newtown.
Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital Male Voice Choir
Formed in 1968, the Orthopaedic Male Voice Choir (OMVC) was originally made up of employees of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital (the ’Orthopaedic’) just outside Oswestry. As time has passed, the number of actual employees in our ranks has declined, and while we have members who are former hospital employees, none work there at present. Our choristers are made up of men from all backgrounds, most of whom live in the Oswestry area, and very few have previous musical experience. The choir is a charitable organisation, and we travel round Shropshire and surrounding counties giving concerts in support of other charities. Over the years we have helped raise many thousands of pounds for good causes. The hospital still hosts us, and we regularly help the League of Friends in their fundraising.
The choir’s President is Mr Gwyn Jones, a retired consultant at the Orthopaedic Hospital. We have 2 Vice-Presidents: John Jones was the choir’s second musical director between 1996 and 2008, and Griff Evans, who was a founder member of the choir in 1968, and still sings with us today.
As in previous years the philosophy of the Association is to support whenever possible young musicians and this year is no exception We are delighted to announce that joining the concert stage will be two fantastic young artists Tesni Jones a fantastic soprano and Pippa Scourse a trumpet/cornet player.
Tesni hales from St Asaph in Denbighshire, and was educated at Glan Clwyd High School where she studied Literature, History, and Music for her A Levels before starting her degree in music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in September 2017. A pupil of Ann Atkinson she obtained her Grade 8 in singing in 2017, not only a fine singer Tesni is also a talented pianist which she enjoys playing when time allows. Tesni was named winner of the Girls Solo (16 – 19) at the National Eisteddfod Anglesey 2017. Tesni has performed with many choirs in North Wales where her obvious talent was recognised, and she has become a favourite guest soloist particularly with Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir.
Pippa is originally from Anglesey, North Wales, and took up the cornet at the age of eight. She grew up through the local brass band tradition with Beaumaris band and the Gwynedd & Mon county ensembles later joining the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. Prizes have included several times winner of the brass prize in the Eisteddfod yr Urdd. After 4 years of study at the Junior RNCM, Pippa accepted a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and she is now in her second year studying with Paul Beniston and Phil Cobb. In 2014, Pippa was nominated 4BarsRest player of the year, and played in concerts with the renowned Black Dyke Band. Pippa has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 3 years and is now principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Accompanying the soloists this year will be Paul Young. Paul studied music at Cambridge University and has subsequently qualified as a music therapist, his main specialism is working with young people with autism. Paul has worked as a pianist and accompanist with various choir’s soloists and chamber groups in North Wales. He is currently accompanist for Cor Meibion Trelawnyd and is part of an arts team working with primary schools as part of this year's North Wales International Festival creating a piece based on the journey of the Mimosa to Patagonia. Paul's music interests include jazz and blues. In his spare time Paul enjoys walking around Wales, he has completed the Offa's Dyke trail and half of the Wales Coastal Path.
The inimitable Dilwyn Price will once again host the evening, those of you lucky enough to have seen him in previous concerts will know that Dilwyn is an act in his own right. He is a renowned conductor, compere, and announcer at major international sporting events
As with previous years the concert is not just about highlighting the very best of Welsh musical talent it is also about supporting those less fortunate than ourselves and this year we are proud and delighted to be supporting a wonderful local organisation Hope House.
So come along and enjoy a fabulous evening of song and music
Tickets cost just £20 per person including programme and are available from
the Theatre Box Office
or call 01743281281/281282 to book your ticket
Date Posted: 22nd November 2017