The next choir concert will be on Sunday 27th September 2015 when it will perform Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Gweddi by Arwel Hughes and other miscellaneous works. The soloists are Kerry Bunkhall (soprano) and Rhys Batt (tenor).
The choir will be accompanied by the Tabernacl Orchestra and our accompanist, Laura Deenik.
The concert will commence at 7.30 p.m. and tickets (£10 for adults, £5 for students)are available from choir members or at the door.
May Concert Soloist
The choir is delighted to hear that Charlotte Ellett, a well-known local soprano from Bridgend, will be singing with us in Elgar's "Spirit of England". Charlotte is an experienced performer of the classical repertoire and has sung with the Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Operatic companies. The concert will be on Sunday, May 17th at 7.30 p.m; more details are given below under the heading "May Concert".Published 23/04/2015
Come and Sing Day
The choir is holding a Come and Sing Day on Saturday, 21st March 2015 at Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend, when we would like to see members of other choirs and new singers join us to sing Fauré’s Requiem and other works. All music will be provided although it would be helpful to bring copies of the Requiem if possible.
Outline of the day:
Morning session: 10am-12.30pm
Afternoon session: 1.30pm-4pm
Short performance: 5pm
There are many cafes in close proximity to the chapel but if participants wish to bring their own refreshments they can use the chapel hall during the morning/lunch/afternoon breaks.
Please contact the Secretary on 07974 765578 if you are interested in attending.
May Concert 2015
The choir’s next concert will be on Sunday, May 17th 2015 at Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend when we will perform Elgar’s "Spirit of England” with orchestra, together with other works. The main work by Elgar was written in 1916 and is a stirring setting of three war poems by Laurence Binyon which Elgar dedicated “to the memory of our glorious men". Our soprano soloist will be Charlotte Ellett.
The orchestra will perform Sibelius' "Finlandia" and Malcolm Arnold's "Little Suite" in the second half of the concert while the choir will perform some shorter works including "Locus Iste" by Bruckner and "Tangnefeddwyr" by Eric Jones.
Christmas Concert 2014
The choir will hold its Christmas concert on Friday, December 5th this year, under the direction of its new conductor, Matthew Nash. Also singing will be the children of Ysgol Gynradd Gartholwg (Church Village). There will be a varied programme of Christmas carols – old and new, English and Welsh – together with music by Handel and Rutter’s Gloria. There will also be congregational carols.
The concert will be held in Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend, commencing at 7 pm. Tickets are now on sale at £8 (children are free). All profits from the concert will go to a charity chosen by the children’s choir. Cariad is an organisation which provides defibrillators for schools in Wales, together with training in their use for teaching staff.
Tickets will be available on the door but can be ordered by ringing the choir secretary on 07974 765578.Published 04/11/2014
Tabernacl Choir now has a Facebook page - please go to www.facebook.com/bridgendtabernaclchoir.Published 08/09/2014
We are currently looking for keen and enthusiastic singers to join the choir – please note that there is no formal audition. Our next concert will be in December when we will perform a varied programme of music including Christmas carols. For full details on how to join the choir, please go to our “Contact” section.Published 28/08/2014
Kevin's Retirement Dinner
On 25th July, 2014, the choir held a dinner to mark the retirement of its Musical Director, Kevin Adams, who has conducted the choir for over twenty years. Southerndown Golf Club provided a beautiful setting on a lovely summer’s evening with spectacular views over the Ogmore Estuary. After the dinner, the Chairman of the choir, Ron Norey, paid tribute to the huge success of the choir under Kevin’s leadership; the extensive repertoire of the choir and a consistently high standard of performance throughout his time with the choir were achievements of which Kevin could be truly proud. The choir had been very sorry indeed to hear of his decision to retire but wished him well in the future and presented him with a cheque and an engraved tankard to remember his time with the choir.
Kevin thanked Ron for his kind words and the members of the choir for their generous present. His time with the choir had given him not only great musical achievement but also huge enjoyment in both the rehearsal and performance, often with orchestra, of the great choral masterpieces, together with “lighter” choral pieces. The concerts which had raised considerable sums of money for charities had been a particular source of pleasure. There was no doubt he would miss the choir but also felt very strongly that he would be able to hand over an enthusiastic and capable choir to the incoming musical director and was hopeful of a successful future for the choir.
New Musical Director
The choir is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Nash as its new Musical Director, commencing in September. Matthew is very enthusiastic about his new position and is already planning the programme for the choir's Christmas concert in December (date to be confirmed). The choir's first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m.
Matthew has written about his musical career to date on the News page of the website.Published 12/08/2014
Tabernacl Choir's Conductor
Matthew studied music at the University of Bristol where he majored in performance and composition, and was an assistant tutor to Dr. Glyn Jenkins, teaching harmony to undergraduates. Whilst at the University, Matthew received piano tuition from International concert pianist Raymond Clarke, and has performed at The Barbican, London. Matthew graduated from the University with two music degrees - BA, Hons (First Class) and MA (Distinction).
Matthew is also an accompanist, having accompanied for Llanharan RFC Songsters, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir, Bristol Cabot Choir and the University of Bristol Choral Society. Matthew has also accompanied for Nigel Perrin (The Kings' Singers). Matthew also teaches piano at home, and at St. Clare's, Porthcawl.
Matthew also writes music - his compositions and arrangements have been performed in various venues across the UK. Significant compositions include a commission for Piano, Violin and Clarinet Trio for the professional ensemble Gemini, and two large scale works for Orchestra and Chorus.
Matthew directed the University of Bristol Chamber Choir in his final year at University, with whom he took the baton in a performance of Haydn's Heiligmesse, with orchestra, at St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol. He is also joint Honorary Musical Director of the Bristol based choir 'Unity Singers', and has musically directed Red, Hot and Cole and Mack & Mabel at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol. For more information, please visit Matthew's web-site: www.matthewbnash.co.uk
Matthew took on the role of Musical Director for Bridgend Tabernacl Choir in September 2014. Matthew also conducts Llantrisant Male Choir.Published 11/08/2014