The end of March saw the Monmouth’s male voice choir in terrific voice for a charity concert held at Bridges Centre. This year the choir chose to support the Stroke Association and Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the successful evening raised £750 for each of the charities.

The efforts of musical director Lewis Hutton and choir accompanist David Carr, during many weeks of rehearsal, certainly paid dividends as the choir produced one of its most accomplished performances. The large, appreciative audience were not only enthralled by the old favourites, which included Anfonaf Angel, Gweddi’r Arglwyd, Rachie, O Gymru, Calon Lan, Gwinllan A Roddwyd i’m Gofal and Gwahoddiad, but also by newer numbers to the repertoire like Bridge Over Troubled Water and Wonderful Tonight.

Some of the many complimentary comments received included: “Absolutely incredible, as always. Fantastic singing and for two very worthy causes.”

“First half of the concert has just finished. I’m glad I came along, the singing is sublime, brings tears to my eyes at times.”

Throughout, comperé and second tenor, Martin Newell entertained all present with some witty one liners which helped make the whole evening a really enjoyable experience.

The choir wishes to extend their thanks to all the staff of Bridges Centre, Stephen’s Bookshop and all their loyal supporters for helping to make the event such a success.

Monmouth Male Voice Choir really is an enigma. With most choirs across the UK declining in number, Monmouth continue to grow and flourish and now boast over 70 choristers, clearly they have a winning formula.

If you missed this magical evening you can catch the choir at Devauden Village Hall on April 27, this time in concert supporting Parkinson’s.