FOR the past four years Caldicot Male Voice Choir has held a St David’s Day concert at its Choir Hall in Caldicot to raise funds for deserving causes.
This year the choir invited Durand School Choir as its special guests to help chairman of Monmouthshire County Council Jim Higginson’s appeal for The St David’s Foundation and Ty Hafan Trust.
Among the invited guests were the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, the High Sheriff of Gwent, Mr Anthony John Clay as well as the Mayor of Monmouth Chris Munslow and Monmouthshire councillor Brian Strong.
More than 70 members of Caldicot Male Voice Choir took to the stage on the evening.
Conducted by Siân Hatton and Shirley Anne James and accompanied by Stephen Berry and John Nicholson, the choir entertained the capacity audience to a wide mix of choral songs including Welsh items, traditional songs as well as songs from the world of film.
The programme also included the rousing spiritual Ride the Chariot featuring soloists Siân Hatton and David Gould.
The school choir of 26 children delighted the audience with a range of Welsh and English songs, finalising with a medley of songs from Abba which had the audience enthusiastically tapping its feet.
A spokesperson from Caldicot Male Voice Choir said: “The musical direction and tutelage of headteacher Allison Waters and the musical staff of Durand School, deputy head Anthony Moses, guitarist Will Maragon and pianist, retired deputy head, Marilyn Modget can be rightly proud of their talented young choir.”
This was also the first concert of new recruits second tenor Andy Friedman and two bottom basses Oliver Edwards and Peter Fagan. Well done both, may this be the first of many.