Lots and lots on......
Well, where to start? On 27th February we will be performing with the wonderful Bronwen Lewis at Seven Sisters Rugby Club which promises to be a lively and lovely evening.
Shortly after that on St Davids Day we will be at the Masonic Lodge in Swansea which is all good preparation for our tour to Leek in Staffordshire in May.
And then, in September we may well be flying off to the beautiful Italian Mediterranean Coast to tour Recco and Tuscany.
Our annual concert was held on 6th November and was one of the best we have had. Superbly compered by Swansea Sounds' Kev Johns the choir raised the bar and the rafters with some wonderful numbers. With Matthew and Julie at the helm the control and professionalism of the choir was superb and the audience were enthralled. The excellent Jessica Robinson was beautiful and even had John Evans waltzing at one point. A brilliant duet then by Jess and Kev from Monty Python's Spamalot really helped to make the evening a memorable one. A huge thank you to our muscial team, the choir and of course the loyal support that we get at all times, it really does make a difference. Diolch yn Fawr bawb
Some sad news (yet) again ....
Following the very sad loss of Geraint Williams (see below), we heard on the eve of the annual concert that we lost two more of our current and former choristers. David Morgan Williams lost his brave battle against long term illness at the early part of last week and David Henry Williams who was one of the founders of CMO also lost his brave fight. They will be missed by all the choir and their loved ones
It is again with a heavy heart that we were told on the eve of our trip to Falmouth that one our stalwarts, Geraint Williams had passed away following admission to hospital for a long awaited operation. Geraint had been suffering from ill health for a couple of years, but rarely missed a practice and never complained. He has left a massive hole in the choir and in our hearts and will be solely missed by us all. Rest in peace Geraint the Gog
Short Tour to Falmouth in October 2015
Following on from our successful tour in Falmouth back in 2010 the choir visited the beautiful Corniche town to sino with City of Truro Male Choir. A superb reception was had and a wonderful concert controlled impeccably by Matthew and Julie. A free day in Falmouth watching the rugby was a bonus as was the beautiful weather. We look forward to going back soon
Brilliant Concert with Glynneath MVC on Friday 26th June 2015
The concert with our friends from CMG was a resounding success. It was the first time we had staged a 'cabaret' style concert in the Hall and it was a great initiative and created a warm and friendly atmosphere that was enjoyed by all. The concert was performed in two halves with Glynneath opening the proceedings with some superb numbers including the toe tapping Java Jive and the popular 16 tons. Ably supported by the very talented Gerywn Harries at the helm and the impressive Angharad Williams on the piano, who also sang beautifully. The choir got the concert off to a brilliant start. The second half belonged to Onllwyn who sang a number of relatively new pieces including En Route, Granada and finished with our thunderous rendition of The Dawn is not Distant from Nidaros. Notable contributions along the way from soloists Kevin O'Sullivan with 'Ol Man River; Arwyn Gwyn signing the Matt Munro classic Born Free and Gareth Rees who sang the Roberta Flack classic 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.
The Choirs then joined together to sign Morte Christie together and it sounded so good we repeated the last verse, much to the audiences delight.
A special welcome must go out to our wonderful compere for the evening John Evans whose humour and direction really set the tone from the very begining, diolch John. Also a huge thank you to the musical team of Onllwyn, Julie Sims and Matthew Ioan Sims and also to Gerwyn and Angharad from Glynneath. And of course to the audience for turning up in such large numbers to support the both choirs, it really does mean a great deal, and shows that the interest in hearing the male voice sing is very much alive and kicking.
Choir Entertains at Ludlow Concert on 16th May 2015
The choir travelled up the A49 to sing with our new friends from Ludlow Male Voice Choir. The concert which took place in Ludlow Methodist Church was held to raise funds for both English and Welsh Air Ambulance services and was very well attended. Ludlow sang a mix of contemporary and more operatic pieces, which considering they were only 15 on stage they did very well indeed. Onllwyn sang a few new pieces including Laudamus and If I Ruled The World (from Pickwick) and they were very well received. A great concert and it also marked Matthew's first full concert as the choir conductor and he did a superb job as did Julie on the piano. A special welcome and mention to Geraint 'Gwas' Thomas on his first concert with the choir and also a very warm welcome back to Kelvin Gravell.
Cor Meibion Onllwyn
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Onllwyn Choir Rehersals
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Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Mr. Lynn Parfitt
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