Cor Blaenporth 70th Birthday Noson Lawen
Friday, October 27
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Celebrating Seventy Years of Song
The one big question facing Côr Blaenporth, also known as Blaenporth Male Voice Choir, is how are they going to fit 70 candles on their birthday cake. Time has caught up on this celebrated choir, formed in 1947, and on the 27th October they will be celebrating the occasion with a special Noson Lawen at Rhosygilwen at 7.30 pm.
From the early post war days of their formation by Mr Aba Jones, the father of the late Dic Jones, one of Wales foremost Welsh poets, the choir have been busy every year keeping up the choral traditions of Wales. In addition to writing poetry, Dic wrote the words of a number of songs which are still part of the choir’s repertoire and many remember him with fondness.
The choir competes regularly in local eisteddfodau and are more than happy to appear at local community events, be they fund raisers, weddings or just an excuse to have a good time. Every event is approached with enthusiasm and usually culminates in a hearty sing song in the nearest pub.
The choir are also proud of their international fame having travelled to Ireland and France for a number of years. The most recent successful trip being to the Pan Celtic Festival in Carlow, Ireland, in April, 2017. This was the third time in 12 years that the choir had attended, and competed in, the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland.
In 2011 the choir was invited to sing at a series of 6 concerts at six different locations in Brittany, in front of appreciative audiences in some of the region’s historic cathedrals and churches.
The choir’s current conductor and accompanist, Denis Clack and Helen Blackburn, have been with the choir since 2002, following in the foot steps of, Sally Davies-Jones, who held the baton for over 50 years.
With their varied repertoire which includes traditional and contemporary Welsh songs and hymns, English and American songs and a medley of songs from South Africa in Xhosa, there is something for all musical tastes.
It is not necessary for new members to be accomplished singers or be able to read music. There is a welcome to anyone who enjoys singing in an informal and relaxed atmosphere and the ‘bois’ banter during rehearsals can be hilarious and character building, even after 70 years.
Tickets (£5) for the concert on 27th October are available here or by calling 01239841387 (office hours). The choir looks forward to welcoming both old and new friends to help them celebrate this historic occasion.