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Choir to Visit Villenave d'Ornon, June 2017

Members of the Tabernacl Choir will be visiting Villenave d'Ornon, near Bordeaux, once again, to take part in a musical festival organised by the Villenave town-twinning committee. Events are being finalised for the five-day visit at the beginning of June, with the choir performing in two events, and joining other choirs from some of the towns twinned with Villenave. The choir's programme is a celebration of Welsh Music, with compositions by Karl Jenkins, Eric Jones, Arwel Hughes and others.
The Choir is also looking forward to sharing the stage once again with our old friends, Chorale du Lac.

Published 02/05/2017

French Choir Visit, June 2014

Members of the Music Society are now looking forward to the visit of Chorale du Lac as part of the Bridgend town-twinning celebrations of twenty years' partnership with Villenave d'Ornon near Bordeaux. Many arrangements, both musical and social, have now been finalised for the four-day visit in June.

There will be a concert on Friday June 6th at 7.00 p.m., when the French choir and host choir will be joined by the children's choir from Oldcastle Primary School to provide a very varied programme of light and classical music. Tabernacl Music Society's programme will include pieces by Faure, Handel, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter. Tickets will be priced at £7 for adults and £4 for students.

Chorale du Lac will be welcomed offically by the Bridgend Town Council at a reception in Carnegie House on Thursday June 5th. Social activites will include a Twmpath at Brackla Community Centre on Thursday evening, June 5th, hosted by the choir, whilst the town-twinning committee will arrange visits to Ewenny Pottery, the Physic Garden at Cowbridge, Llancaiach Fawr House, the Penderyn Whiskey Factory and an open-top bus tour of Cardiff. The last event of the visit will be the official dinner which has been arranged for Saturday 7th June at Southerndown Golf Club.

Published 28/04/2014

Choir Visit to Bordeaux

In September 2013 Tabernacl Choir visited Bordeaux as representatives of Bridgend town's celebration of 20 years of town-twinning with Villenave d'Ornon in Bordeaux. The visit was a truly memorable occasion and exceeded all expectations. The generosity and meticulous planning by the French ensured a smooth, effortless and very happy visit for our choir. The official delegation from Bridgend included the Mayor, Haydn Morgan and his escort and members of the twinning committee.

On the day of arrival we were greeted by our French counterparts - their Mayor, town twinning representatives and members of Chorale du Lac - at an official ceremony at the 'Bridgend' roundabout in Villenave with its half bridge, waterfall and inaugural plaque.

Highlights of the visit included visits to the beautiful city of Bordeaux, the famous wine-tasting village of St. Emilion and a memorable boat trip around the picturesque Bay of Arcachon.

The choir performed on the Friday evening of the visit in a joint concert with Chorale du Lac. Tabernacl's varied programme of both classical and 'light' items which included spirituals and Welsh hymns - and one French piece of course! - was applauded with great enthusiasm by the 200-strong audience.

The choir looks forward to entertaining Chorale du Lac for a second time in June 2014 and hopes to repay the fantastic hospitality received during our September visit.



Published 16/02/2014



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