2016 Archive

The highlight of a very busy year for the choir was their annual concert held at St. Julian’s Comprehensive School, Heather Road, Newport on Saturday 12th Nov. The choir secretary Steve Rowland welcomed a number of distinguished guests including our present Police Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert and his predecessor Ian Johnston also Newport’s Mayor David Atwell and his wife Carol.

GPC Annual Concert 2016

The choir took to the stage with Musical Director Rodger Appleby and Accompanist Nicola Coker. Their versatile set began with Do you hear the People Sing? a much loved song from Les Miserables. A more serious Deus Salutis followed by a rousing version of Alexander’s Ragtime Band started the evening on a lively note.

Rodger welcomed their first guest Nicolas Folwell a renowned international bass baritone. His exhilarating first aria, Non piu andrai from The Marriage of Figaro, was very well received by an appreciative audience. His second aria from an Italian Opera Andrea Chenier drew well deserved applause. The choir then showed their versatility by accompanying Nicolas in a rousing version of The Toreador song from Carmen, followed by a lovely arrangement by Jay Althouse of Homeward Bound and a beautiful rendition of Psalm 23.

Susanna Tudor-Thomas gave an impressive performance of Habanera from Carmen, flirting with both the audience and the gentlemen of the choir. Her second number What is life to me without you, drew well deserved applause. For her final song in the first half she was joined by the choir for the beautiful You’ll never walk alone.

A new addition to the choir’s repertoire had its first airing. A medley from Paint Your Wagon brought the first half to a rousing close.

After the interval the choir started their next set with a complex arrangement by Keith Christopher of This Old Man, followed by one of their favourite numbers American Trilogy.

Returning for his second selection of songs Nicolas Folwell gave a heart-warming rendition of Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord followed by a rousing performance of The Road to Mandalay. Joined by his wife Susanna Tudor-Thomas a light-hearted Papageno Papagena from The Magic Flute was roundly applauded by the audience.

The choir took the stage again to sing Rodger Appleby’s lovely version of The Lord’s Prayer followed by a superb compilation number: Swingin’ with the Saints.

Susanna who hails from Wales sang a heart-warming version of My Little Welsh Home which said it all. A delightful medley of Ivor Novello compositions set the audience at her request singing with her. Nicolas then joined her to sing that beautiful duet I’ll See You Again.

The choir concluded the evening with an entertaining All for the Best from Godspell, a song written by Rodger Irish Blessing dedicated to his granddaughter and their signature final number Cwm Rhondda.

Before the close of the proceedings two members of the choir, Tim Turner and John Hart were presented with their 25 year membership ties.

The choir are looking forward to a relaxing run-up to Christmas with a carol concert at Croesyceiliog cricket club then a dinner dance at Parc Golf club at St. Mellons in December.

As you can see it is not all work, it’s a very sociable pastime, so any gentlemen who are thinking of starting a new hobby come along to one of our practise nights held at Police HQ. Croesyceiliog, no interview, no voice test, our Musical Director Rodger Appleby will give you all the encouragement you need.

For further information call Ron Comfort, Publicity Officer – 01633 667899
To book the choir ring Stuart Ashdown Concert Secretary - 01633 272883.

The Choir are well into their programme of charity concerts. The most recent, enjoyed by a capacity audience and guests including the new Police Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert and the outgoing Commissioner Ian Johnston, a great supporter of the choir, at the Millenium Centre Garndiffaith was a terrific success. Joined by the suburb Mello D singers and an exceptionally talented young singer Laura Sidney who entertained with songs from the shows, the choir sang with their usual gusto.

At 7.00p.m. November 12th 2016 the choir’s eagerly awaited Annual Concert will take place at St. Julian’s Comprehensive School, Heather Road, Newport. Last year’s guest artiste Timothy Richards, a well known local born Welsh tenor who now sings all over the world, delighted the audience with his performance.

This year we have been fortunate to obtain as our guests Nicholas Folwell an internationally renowned Bass Baritone. Nicholas started his professional career with the Welsh National Opera and has gone on to sing in all the major opera companies in the UK including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and many abroad, he has recorded a solo album of Victorian ballads called “A Dream of Paradise”

His wife Susanna Tudor-Thomas is a mezzo soprano from Radyr, she too made her professional debut with the Welsh National Opera at the age of 17. As well as being a permanent member of the English National Opera she has performed in many concerts both here and abroad. She also performs regularly on P&O classical festivals at sea cruises.

The choir and their guest artists are planning a light hearted programme which they are sure will delight their many followers.

Tickets - £10.00. Ring Stuart Ashdown - 01633 272883
Phil Humphreys - 01633 718415

New members are always welcomed, no experience necessary. Practise is at Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog on Mondays and Thursdays 7.30 p.m. For more information ring,

Ron Comfort. Publicity Officer - 01633 667899.

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" Ann has come up trumps again with her excellent picture of our lovely weekend".

Gwent Police Choir was invited to be the guests of the guests of the Flint Ladies Choir to celebrate the end of the Flint festival, travelling to a hotel just outside Mold on Friday June 24th for a stay of two nights. After a relaxing evening the Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny and we enjoyed an outing to Chester where we were able to take in the sights of this lovely city including the Cathedral and the new shopping centre.

In the evening the combined choir met for the concert, and what a concert it was. The ladies choir, some 70 strong when they are all together, delighted us with a lovely and varied selection of music including the popular piece Adiemus and a beautiful and haunting selection from Les Miserables.

The Police Choir were on top form with their selections, two pieces also from Les Miserables, The American Trilogy, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, All for the Best, Swinging with the Saints and a new arrangement, written by Rodger Appleby, of the Irish Blessing [May the road rise to meet you…]. The police choir ended with their traditional Cwm Rhondda and then the two choirs joined in a selection of hymns including Calon Lan.

Thanks were expressed to the conductor and accompanist of the ladies choir and also to Rodger Appleby, musical director of the Gwent Police Choir and their accompanist Nicola Coker.

On the way home Sunday everyone said it had been a great time, a very good concert and thanks were expressed to Howard who organised the weekend and Phil who organised the quiz and the bingo. It is hoped that the Flint ladies choir will be making a visit to South Wales in the not too distant future.

Submitted by Ann Sykes, July 2016

The choir are halfway through a very busy year and looking forward to our summer break in August, we have just returned from a weekend in North Wales as guests of The Flint Ladies Choir, who only started three years ago and already have a large membership, fifty five of their choristers gave a wonderful varied performance. The choir responded with a stirring rendition from our large repertoire. The venue was The Parish Church of St. Mary & St. David in Flint a beautiful church that has been a place of worship since 1291 although the present building dates from 1848. An appreciative audience and the hospitality that followed made for a very enjoyable weekend.

We have two more concerts before the summer break, each of them are to raise funds. The first on Saturday 9th July is at the Salvation Army Hall, Wesley St. Old Cwmbran where they join the Silurian Male Voice Choir and the Coed Eva School and Community Choir in aid of Coed Eva School that was recently destroyed by fire.

On hearing that the All Creatures Great and Small Sanctuary at Llanfrechfa is in dire need of funds, our concert secretary Howard had no hesitation in offering the choirs help, a concert will be held Saturday 16th July at Llanfrechfa Church.

Look out later this year for their Annual concert at St. Julian’s School, Heather Road, Newport, always a sell-out.

Almost all Gwent Police Choir concerts are to raise funds for charity, If you are thinking of booking a choir for a concert to raise funds for your favourite charity they still have a few dates left

View pictures, click here.

Submitted by Jean Comfort, July 2016

Day Trip to Morgan Car Factory
Malvern
on Tuesday 5th April 2016

Our trip to the Morgan Car Factory was attended by eleven members of the Gwent Police Choir. We all met at the Police Headquarters. Our bus driver for the day was Paul, from Jensons Coaches. We arrived at the factory about 11.30am and had a snack in the Restaurant before the commencement of the Tour. Our Tour started at 12.30pm and the cost was £20.00 per person. Our guide was the Museum Manager, a very knowledgeable person. The tour started with a short film of the history of the Morgan, and afterwards we were taken into a fabulous showromm with the current models. The next room we visited was the Chassis assembly, followed by the engine and rolling stock. The framework for the cars are wooden framed by aluminium sheet panels. The wood they use is Ash, as it is strong, yet flexible. They have used this in production since the beginning. After the tour had finished, we had time to visit the shop and the museum, which again was very interesting. On our way home, we called into Monmouth where we all had liquid refreshments, followed by a meal in Weatherspoons. Even the weather was fine. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip "A Day out with a Difference."

Submitted by Stuart Ashdown, Gwent Police Choir April 2016

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