Monmouth Male Voice Choir at Pelham Hall - Beacon report


From The Monmouthshire Beacon

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


David and Anne May, chairman and treasurer, organised a fundraiser in aid of the Penallt village hall last Saturday. The hall is in need of a disabled lift and kitchen refit to bring it up to health and safety standards.

The hall, which has its 25th anniversary next year, holds a variety of regular events, and is a huge asset to Penallt. As usual though not without an enormous amount of effort from all involved.

To this end the Monmouth Male Voice Choir (MMVC) was invited to perform a fundraising evening which they were pleased to do and did with their usual aplomb.

The audience was able to refresh themselves prior to the start of the concert, due to a well stocked bar, and given the heat of the weather that evening this was most welcome.

MMVC had a varied repertoire but sang a rousing Divine Brahma to get everyone in the mood. The choir are adding new songs to their repertoire to be performed at the Blake Theatre Monmouth later this year, however for the first time in public they entertained us with one of these, namely O Gumru, a patriotic song of Wales. This was enthusiastically received by the audience.

Matt Watkins deputy conductor led the choir through a rendition of American Trilogy with Tony Jones entertaining us with two poems from a collection by Max Boyce.

An excellent evening with a variety of entertainment.

Barbara Johns


Pelham Hall is delighted to host the Monmouth Male Voice Choir for a short evening of songs on Saturday 1st July.

The Choir was formed just over four years ago. It is now a registered charity and has around 50 members. Under Musical Director Ian Russell and with the support of accompanist, Helen Stiddolph, the choir has promoted gala concerts in Monmouth and performed at fund raising events for a wide range of good causes.

No food but the bar will be open throughout.

Ticket are available on the door at £5 adults/£3 under 15s.

The programme will start at 7.30pm and will contain a short interval.