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Abertillery Ladies Orpheus Choir
Cor Orpheus Menywod Abertyleri

NEWS

Monday July 28 2014

DIARY DATES

Practices

Monday 1 September - practices resume at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 7.00pm

Anyone interested in joining the choir would be made very welcome. There are no auditions. Come to our Monday practices at 7.00pm in Ebenezer Baptist Church. Why not give us a try?

Concerts


Thursday 11 September - Concert at Manmoel, 7.00pm.
Friday 7 November - Royal British Legion Remembrance Service, St Michael's Church, Abertillery.
Saturday 6 December - Christmas Celebration Concert, The Met., Abertillery.

Saturday 13 December - Concert with Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir, Christchurch, Ebbw Vale.

More events to be added, once confirmed

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CHOIR HOLDS ITS ANNUAL DINNER AND REFLECTS ON A BUSY, SUCCESSFUL YEAR

The choir held their annual dinner at The Old Rectory, Llangattock on 21st July. Thanks were given to Sian Jones and Ann John for organising a very successful event and Irene Hucker was thanked for arranging transport.


The choir is very hard working with many choristers taking on extra duties to ensure that fund raising, concerts and events run smoothly. We are indebted to every member of the choir and appreciate their loyalty and commitment. Steve Bard and Penny Hughes were thanked for their musical expertise and for helping to create a wide repertoire of music for us to present at concerts.

This year has been very busy with our most recent event taking place at St. Illtyd's Primary School, Llanhilleth. We were pleased to sing alongside the school choir at the Year 6 leaver's assembly and found it to be a very joyful and uplifting experience.

The most memorable event this year was our tour of The WW1 battlefields in Belgium and thanks were given to Val Hatton for organising it.


We were extremely proud to sing at the Last Post Ceremony at the world famous Menin Gate in Ypres. It was an enormous honour to pay tribute to all those who sacrificed so much. The presence of a Scottish Pipes and Drums Band made the occasion very special. It was a very emotional task to sing in front of so many international visitors but the choir performed very well, moving many of the audience to tears.


The choir also presented a concert at St George's Memorial Chapel, Ypres and the varied repertoire was greatly appreciated by all those who attended. Touring the battlefields and laying wreaths and poppies for all those who never returned was something we will always remember with fondness and enormous pride - it was a very successful tour. Well done everyone!


Marilyn Allen (Chairperson)

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Monday June 23 2014

CHOIR PERFORMS IN WORLD WAR ONE COMMEMORATIONS IN BELGIUM AND FRANCE

The choir has returned from a successful moving visit to Belgium and France to visit the Battlefields of the Great War. Their first visit was to the Ferme-Olivier Cemetery where 37 members of the Monmouthshire Regiment are buried and they laid a wreath. They continued their journey along the Battlefields to Ypres where they performed at the Last Post at The Menin Gate. The following day they visited the Somme Mametz Wood and Arras, and in the evening performed a concert at St Georges Memorial Chapel in Ypres.

SINGING AT THE MENIN GATE [The Last Post]

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Monday May 26 2014

CHOIR WELCOMES THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES BATON

On Saturday May 24, the choir joined other local groups at the Six Bells Pit Party where they sang to welcome the Queen’s baton as it started its journey around the country prior to the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in July.

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Monday May 19 2014

CHOIR TO PERFORM IN WORLD WAR I COMMEMORATIONS IN BELGIUM AND FRANCE

On Tuesday 27 May, the choir travels to Belgium and France to visit the Battlefields of the Great War. Their first visit will be the Ferme-Olivier Cemetery where 37 members of the Monmouthshire Regiment are buried and they will lay a wreath. They will continue their journey along the Battlefields arriving in Ypres where they will attend and perform at the Last Post at The Menin Gate. The following day they visit the Somme Mametz Wood and Arras, in the evening they will be performing a concert at St Georges Memorial Chapel Ypres,returning home the following day via Poperinge and Veurne.


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