Hephzibah Welsh Baptist Church 2011

Concert at Hephzibah Welsh Baptist Church, Bedwas, Caerphilly on Friday, 8th July 2011

This was the choir’s first performance in an old-style non-conformist chapel with its balcony, pulpit, “big seat” and wooden pews.  In these highly traditional surroundings we enjoyed making the old walls echo to the sound of choral singing in full harmonies and blazing colours!

Full harmonies and blazing colours!

People from Bedwas, and beyond, came out to support our visit by filling the chapel to capacity.  With our repertoire ranging from the 15th century to contemporary gospel and music theatre, we enjoyed the close surroundings with the choir taking up half of the balcony space.  We sat in a new format with sopranos and altos facing each other, and tenors and basses sitting either side of the organ.  It was a splendid sight and an even more splendid sound!

An innovation at this concert was the emergence of talented instrumental soloists from within the choir’s ranks.  Musical Director, Nigel Jones, led by example giving two clarinet solos. Choir treasurer, Gwyn Smith, performed two Spanish guitar pieces and Bethan Jones, from the alto section, gave a superb performance of Monti’s famous gypsy-inspired “Czardas”.

CHOIR

  • Glory to thee, my God, this night (Thomas Tallis)
  • Ah Robyn (William Cornysh)
  • Pastyme with good company (Henry VIII)

CLARINET SOLO

  • “Carol” from “Five Bagatelles” (Gerald Finzi)
  • “Gigue” from “Suite Rustique” (Gerard Victory)

CHOIR

  • All things bright and beautiful (JohnRutter)
  • The gift to be simple (Traditional Shaker Melody)
  • Bridge over troubled water (Paul Simon)

GUITAR SOLO

  • Romance (Anon.)
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Francisco Tarrega)

CHOIR

  • Ar lan y môr (Welsh Folk Song)
  • Mara Marakaya (Karl Jenkins)
  • Praise His Holy Name (Keith Hampton)

VIOLIN SOLO

  • “Czardas” (Vittorio Monti)

CHOIR

  • Medley from “Les Misérables” (Claude-Michel Schönberg)
    • At the end of the day
    • I dreamed a dream
    • Castle on a cloud
    • Do you hear the people sing?
    • On my own
    • Bring him home
    • Finale

Vocal soloists from the choir:

Emma Woodhouse, Louise Tugwell, Kathryn James, Leanne Talbot

Musical Director – Nigel Jones

Piano Accompanist – Ceri Gifford-Berry