The run up to our very first annual gala concert has been a fun, enlightening and, at times, stressful experience.
Build up started two years ago, when Dale took over as MD, soon after joined by myself as accompanist. The choir, having formed two years previously, showed considerable promise. However, they were small in number (although made one helluva sound!) and had a limited repertoire. Perhaps the Bois look back on those days fondly because there were less lyrics to learn!
Over the past two years, Dale has extended the repertoire to include an eclectic range of numbers- from the Eagles to Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn. As the music developed, the number of choristers crept up too. Twenty seven men stood on stage on Saturday night- an enormous leap in such a short time.
In 2013, after many successful performances, the time was right for the choir to take the plunge and hold a large scale concert of their own. This concert would present an opportunity for the choir to showcase themselves- the variety of their songs; their vocal abilities; their teamwork. Most of all, their personality.
The choir sang 20 songs on Saturday night. You would struggle to find a more varied programme. Nine men sang solos, demonstrating the quality and strength in depth within the choir. Every chorister is invaluable, they all contribute, they are a unit. And personality shone through from start to finish.
Was it perfect? No! We challenged ourselves in many ways. I think all choristers will agree that more time should have been spent learning words. Setting up the sound system was a massive rush. Perhaps our appearance could be slicker. We'll review, learn, amend, improve.
As a music team we believe that the objective of showcasing the choir was achieved. And then some. Fair to say that we were shattered by the end of the concert, but immensely proud of the Bois' performance. We stretched them and took them out of their comfort zone and they delivered the goods.
Many people to thank. Our wonderful soloist, our fantastic compere and our brilliant band. The choir committee who organised and coordinated. The Fun & Funds committee who ensured that the night ran smoothly. And of course our Bois, who really did put the effort in. Onto the next!