Tonight (at time of our launch anyway, Saturday October 15th), Barry Male Voice choir are set to sing at the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs.
The choir in fact had appeared in the very first festival in 1969 and several more subsequently. However, their last appearance was in 1996. In 2013, the choir musical director, Dorothy Connell invited the London Welsh Choir to perform a concert in the Memorial Hall Barry in aid of Barry RNLI. This proved to be very successful and links were re-established. Consequently, BMVC received an invite to take part in this year’s 25th festival. Those of you good at arithmetic are now saying the numbers don’t add up . The answer is that the second concert took place in 1970 and bi-annually since then.
Since its last visit to the Royal Albert Hall in 1996, BMVC has had 3 musical directors, 2 accompanists, 2 changes of uniform, and an estimated eighty thousand cups of tea at rehearsal. At the time of writing, calculations are still ongoing as to beers consumed after rehearsals. The number of choristers declined from over 60 in 1996 to 26 in 2013. Apart from singing at the RAH, 2016 has brought several causes for celebration. The number of choristers on the books reached 50 after the second of 2 recruitment campaigns and a new baby was born to one of the new generation of younger members in April.
We’re sure tonight will go amazing for BMVC and we wish our very best to all involved, we look forward to hearing how to all went!
Find out more on the choir website : www.barrymalevoicechoir.co.uk