BUILTH Male Voice Choir helped raise hundreds of books for children’s charities when they entertained audiences in North Wales at a special concert earlier this month.
The choir left Powys on the weekend of October 14-16, venturing north to the seaside resort of Llandudno. On Saturday, the choir performed at St John’s Methodist Church in support of Hope House and Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices, helping to raise over £600.
The choir shared the stage with renowned Llandudno-born harpist Dylan Cernyw. Dylan has accompanied many well known Welsh artists including Bryn Terfel, Shân Cothi and Kathryn Jenkins. Her repertoire and her performance captivated everyone present and earned her a standing ovation.
The concert included free entry with over £600 raised to benefit Hope House and Ty Gobaith, who support seriously ill children in Powys, North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire.
They look after babies, children and young people who have life-threatening conditions and who are not expected to live beyond 18 years of age. The charity offers bereavement counseling and support to any family.
Builth Male Voice Choir has been around for over 50 years, but there has been a tradition of choral singing in Builth for over a century. In 1888 the great ‘Llew Buallt’ took a mixed choir of 150 voices from Builth and the district to Llandudno and won the choir section of the National Eisteddfod.
These days, the choir, under music director Adrian Morgan, focuses on gigging, especially for charity, rather than competitive singing.
The choir has expanded its repertoire with songs such as the classic Welsh anthem ‘Bryn Myrddin’ to an arrangement of ‘You Are The Reason’ made famous by Calum Scott on Britain’s Got Talent.
Speaking of talent, the choir is always on the lookout for local singers who would like to try their hand at male singing. No previous experience is required, just an enthusiasm to sing for fun and be part of a friendly choir.
Pictured are members of the Builth Male Voice Choir, their musical director Adrian Morgan and accompanist Ann Bufton, and harpist Dylan Cernyw.