Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

Founded in 1928...

 


 

January 2013

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb, Happy New Year to you all. The choir is 85 years young in 2013 and it has just enrolled its 50th member which makes it bigger than its ever been. The choir starts rehearsing this Thursday (10th Jan) and will be working on our programme for St Davids Day and The Anglo Welsh Festival in addition to our Oxfordshire concerts. As usual out St Davids Day celebration is the week before St Davids Day, on Saturday 23 February at the Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH. It starts at 6.30pm with refreshments - tea and Welsh cakes are some of the treats! The evening continues with songs from the choir, entertainment from Oxford University Welsh Society and a surprise musical interlude. There will be chances to join in the singing, talk to other members of the Oxfordshire Welsh community and have a good time. Ticket are £10 including the Welsh 'tea' and they can be bought from by phoning George Jenkinson 01865 741419 or emailling oxwelsh@gmail.com
If you want a poster <click here>

October 2012

We had a really good concert at the Town Hall last night (20th Oct). The choirs from Pontnewydd and Cwm sang their sets with flair and enthusiasm which we returned in our set. When the three choirs combined, the effect was electric and we really showed why the sound of Male Voice Choirs is so special.
Our two soloists Hannah Nye and Anna-Louise Costello were brilliant singing alone, however, when they performed The Flower Duet, the effect was electric - the silenced audience errupted in spontanious applause at the end of the piece.
One of our guests, Lyndon Birch (Chairman of the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs and member of Pontnewydd Choir) said 'Great night all choirs sang very well. Thank you Oxford Male Voice Choir for the invitation the sing with you and Cwm'
If you didn't go to the concert you really missed a treat. Do look out for us again in Shrivenham (3 Nov) or Oxford (23 Nov) or come to our St Davids day Concert in the Wesley Memorial Church on the 23rd of Feb 2013.

September 2012

The summer break is over and the choir returned to form with a sellout concert in Shipton under Wychwood. Some new material was trialled and our MD Helen Swift took the solo spot. We only have one concert remaining before our 'Evening of Music' in the Town Hall on October 20th. Please come to our concert - tickets are a very reasonable £10! This will give you over 2 hours of music from 3 combined choirs and 2 excellent soloists. The concert is supporting Prostate Cancer UK... its a charity close to our hearts and we hope to remember past choir members who have died from this disease and make people more aware of what can be done to fight this cancer. If you want more details please use the link at the bottom of the page or Phone George Jenkinson 01865 741419 or print out a poster for display. The link to the poster is <here>

 

June 2012

After a great concert in Woodstock with the choir and local soprano Hannah Nye there is another chance to hear the Choir on July 7th. This time in Cowley. This gives us a chance to hear the choir and Soprano, Anna-Louise Costello.
Her programme to include arias by Puccini, Léhar, Gershwin, Vivaldi and Gounod.
July 7th. 7.30pm. St. James, Cowley OX4 3LF Tickets £10
Follow the link if you would like to hear her.
http://www.annalouisecostello.com/songs.html

 

 

March 2012

If you missed our St David's Day celebration on 25th of February you missed a real treat. Before the concert we had a fantastic spread with real Welsh Cakes as well as sandwiches, cakes and other snacks. We had performances from Dafydd ap Gwilym who sang and recited beautifully and our own cast for a series of exracts from Under Milk Wood This tribute to Dylan Thomas was produced by Sharron Jenkinson and employed members of the choir, their wives and Glesni Euros from Dafyd ap Gwilym. Dai Griffiths from Brookes University read voice one and our MD Craig Williamson was voice two. Special mention also to Lyn Davies who sang a solo of 'All through the night' (Ar Hyd y Nos). The choir was conducted by both Craig and our new joint MD Helen Swift.

The afterglow in the Royal Blenhiem went on for many hours!

This is an extract from a letter sent to us by a member of the Oxford Welsh Society (Yes, they are still very active after more than 40 years!)

"I can also tell everyone who wasn't there that the Oxford Male Voice Choir concert last night was a magnificent occasion - and wholly home-grown. It included songs from the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society's excellent small choir, and in the second half OMVC provided lovely integral choral and solo music for a semi-staged, shortened, performance of Under Milk Wood, with parts taken by choir wives and friends. The players of First and Second Voice are both on the staff at Brookes, and the rest of us all sang anthems and hymns in Welsh and English, so pretty comprehensive all round."

Another date for your diary is the Oxford Welsh concert at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 20 October, with Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir as guests. Tickets from George Jenkinson, 01865 741419.

You can see us and Helen Swift on 10th March at St John’s, Carterton OX18 3AA at 7.30pm. Local soloist Hannah Nye will be singing with us for the first time.

If you want to catch the latest news as it happens.... visit our 'Facebook' page and become a friend.

NEWS FLASH: Cwm choir will be the third choir to join us at the Town Hall in October!

 

February 2012

Lots of news, where do I begin. The Uffington concert was very enjoyable, we managed to avoid the snow. Not so with Ardington where it snowed all the way through the concert and discouraged the expected crowds. We made it there and 16 intrepid choristers, soloist and music team produced an excellent concert.

Saint Davids Day was our best in many years. 100 percent Oxford and with and enhanced Welsh content. In the words of one of the members of the Oxford Welsh Society, "I can also tell everyone who wasn't there that the Oxford Male Voice Choir concert last night was a magnificent occasion - and wholly home-grown. It included songs from the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society's excellent small choir, and in the second half OMVC provided lovely integral choral and solo music for a semi-staged, shortened, performance of Under Milk Wood, with parts taken by choir wives and friends. The players of First and Second Voice are both on the staff at Brookes, and the rest of us all sang anthems and hymns in Welsh and English, so pretty comprehensive all round." The author of this didn't mention the best Welsh cakes this side of the Severn and a rather nice tea for all guests.

It was our last performance by Geoffrey Cowan our accompanist and the first for our new joint MD Helen Swift. I hope that she and Craig Williamson will continue the improvement in the choirs performance. Do check who is who where I have included provisional information about Craig and Helen. I hope to replace some of the pictures in a while.


January 2012

A new year.... so it must be Uffington! This year we visit 'The Cathedral in the Vale' on the 14th of January and introduce them to Kelly Anne Young as our guest soloist. Then it's Holy Trinity, Ardington on the 4th of February and our St David's Day Celebration on the 25th. Following the sucess of the new format last year we are keeping to an Oxfordshire Welsh Theme which will I hope be accessible and enjoyable by all. The evening starts with refreshments and chat from 6.15 - we have been promised Welsh Cakes as well as other delights. It's then on with songs from the Choir, contributions from The Dafydd ap Gwilym Society and other surprises from local guests. There is a chance to join in. You don't have to be Welsh! BUT you do have to like a good time!

If you want to print out a poster and display it please click here


September 2011

A very busy year. We are only a month away from our Gala Concert in the Town Hall. It has guest choirs from Chepstow & Maesteg. We also welcome Paul Arden Griffiths as our guest soloist. Paul has career in both Opera and musical theatre. He created the role of Monsieur Reyer in Hal Prince’s production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Last year he was sharing the Covent Garden stage with Sir Thomas Allen; Felicity Palmer and Rosalind Plowright in the Royal Opera/Lyric Opera of Chicago co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterwork Sweeney Todd, singing the role of Beadle Bamford.
The concert takes place at Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 22nd October, 2011 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12)

from:
Blackwell (Enquiries desk), 48 - 51, Broad St., Oxford
Perspectives, 18, High Street, Woodstock
The Gift Shop, Bath Street, Abingdon
The Music Stand, High Street, Witney
The Town Hall, Oxford
Phil Lewis: 07811 517783

 

Please download a poster by clicking <here>

 

May 2011

My apologies for the lack of progress with the web site. A new PC and a bit more time and I hope to catch up soon. we had the first of our High Sherrif Concerts at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Steeple Ashton. The concert went very well with the choir and music team on great form. Kelly Anne wowed the audience with her solo spots. After the concert we retired to The Red Lion and repeated the concert for the locals and the large number from the church who followed us. Many thanks for the especially warm welcome!



March 2011

Some of us will be attending the St Davids Day service at Jesus College and then going for a plate of cawl with members of the Oxford Welsh Society. If you want to be informed of their events please contact oxwelsh@gmail.com as they do not have their own website and are not connected with the Oxfordshire Welsh Society.

Did you know that we can be found on 'You Tube', Twitter and Facebook. I hope to put more videos and pictures up by the weekend.


February 2011

Our annual St Davids Day celebration was a great success. The Church was full of friends drinking tea and eating welsh cakes. After being suitably fortified they were entertained by the choir and our special guests from Oxford Universities Dafydd ap Gwilym Society. The audience also had to sing for their supper and helped us our with 4 of the songs. The evening finished as usual with 'Mae hen wlad fy nhadau'

Did you know that the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society is the second oldest society in the University. Only the Oxford Union can beat it. Its named after a famous Welsh poet who lived about 700 years ago, unusually for the time he wrote poems about himself, his love life and his looking at young ladies in church.

January 2011

A very busy start to our 82nd year. We have managed to make it to Uffington this year and we all had a really good time. We begin a series of concerts sponsored by the new High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in addition to a rather busy calendar. The Choir now has two Vice Presidents; we are very proud that Mrs Wilhelmina Church and Mrs Penelope Glen have agreed to fill these posts and provide support for our president Haydn Cooper.

Later in the month we will be holding our St Davids Day Concert. As well as the Choir, the concert features contributions from 'The Oxford University Welsh Society', a Mystery Quartet and by popular request YOU.

The concert will be held at The Methodist Church in New Inn Hall Street on Saturday 26th February, 2011 (6.30pm - doors open 6.15pm). THe concert proper begins at 7.00 but there will be refreshments and chat from 6.15


Tickets £10 (£8 for concessions) from:Blackwell, (Cust. Services 2nd floor), 50 Broad St. Oxford. The Gift Centre, 29 Bury St. Abingdon. The Music Stand, 62 High St. Witney. Perspective, 18 High Street, Woodstock or by phone from Phil Lewis 07811 517783 or any choir member.

If you want to print out a poster and display it please click here.


December 2008

A busy month with our usual round of performances and Christmas visits. The new year will bring changes both happy and sad. The Choir is losing 4 members. Colin Edwards and John Prout, long standing choir and committee
members, have retired from the choir. Our Musical Director Emily Stamoulis is also leaving, as is our accompanist Lucy Smitkova; both are expecting their first child. Lucy hopes to return to us in due course.
Our best wishes go to all.

Many thanks to Phil Palmer (Our Deputy MD) who has stepped in as our acting MD.

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November 2008

The end of the first year of 'on line' choir news. Before I make a web page for the 80th birthday party I thought that it would be nice to share all of the pictures from Saturday. I hope that Sharron and I managed to snap everybody. Follow this link to a picasa album and click on any small image that you want to see. The slideshow is a bit clunky (there are lot of pictures) and each picture may take a few seconds to appear. Please download any that you want.

If you can suggest polite captions for any of the pictures please send them to me at oxwelshweb@gmail.com just give the caption and picture number.

 

October 2008

I have just placed a sample image from the 2008 Choir photos on to the 'who's who' page. A better, 'named one' will follow in due course. The photos were taken by Chris Honeywell from Working Images.
I have just added some pictures of our concert in Long Hanborough (18th October) as well as some pictures from the 90's provided by choir member Phil Gibbs (Editor of 'In Tune' and bass). The choir performed in Leiden in Holland in 1991 as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of it's liberation.

If you do have any pictures that you think may be of interest please send them to me oxwelshweb@gmail.com

The concert in Beckley went well and the choir were treated to a warm reception in the 'Abingdon Arms' afterwards. There will be some photos appearing very soon.

If you are interested, in the last month the choir website has been visited by people from, United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States, Australia, Canada, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Ireland and Japan. The map of Uk visitors shows may local visits. The size of the dot indicates the number of visitors.

visits to the oxford welsh male voice choir website Swansea Cumbran Oxfordshire

A first concert for the choir in Fulbrook Church and a first public airing of 'Nessun Dorma' and the 'Jolly Roger'. It was a lovely church and appreciative audience. If anbody wants to send me any snaps I'll happily include them on the web site.
PS If you have any other photos or information for the choir you can email them to me at oxwelshweb@gmail.com or send longer articles for our free quarterly newsletter to oxwelshintune@googlemail.com

 

September 2008

An excellent concert in Witney, sorry about the lack of photos. The Choir had a series of extra rehearsals to prepare for the visit of Alwyn Humphreys who will be coaching us for the Albert Hall Concert next year. Although we have worked hard, it will be reassuring to know that we singing the arrangements in the way that their arranger (Alwyn) intended. Emily must be quietly confident as she has included two of the numbers in our concert schedule.

 

August 2008

A busy start to the new month, with 2 choir weddings. On August 2nd we have Geoff Axe (Tenor and cartoonist - see contact details page), followed on the Sunday by Emily Stamoulis (our MD). The choir sends them and their partners our very best wishes for the future. Watch the website for some photos on Monday. Sorry I missed Geoffs Wedding, any photos to oxwelshweb@gmail.com

 

July 2008

Despite the poor weather we have managed to produce sunshine in our recent concerts. Do look at the Rousham and Ditchley pictures. The Ditchley concert featured a new (to us) soloist called Voirrey Carr.
The photo page has been split in two as it was begining to get rather large. The older pictures (pre 2008) now have their own page.

 

June 2008

A wet start to the month, an excellent concert at Leafield on the 7th, unfortunatley we forgot our cameras. If anybody has a picture please send it to oxwelshweb@gmail.com and I will include it on our 'Photos' page. It's also time for 'In Tune' please send any articles to oxwelshintune@googlemail.com if they don't make this edition, don't worry, they will probably be included in the next one!

 

May 2008

Sadly we didn't get throught to the semi-finals of the choir of the year.
The good news is that thanks to Emily, the music team and lots of hard work, we did put in a very creditable performance with a very varied programme. The marksheets from the judges confirmed that we did perform very well, giving a few helpful pointers towards any future competition performance. It was our first competition for over 20 years and it was an experience that we will all learn from and remember.

I've added an extra script to the bottom of the home page which displays the current date in Welsh as well as English. If it works I'll put it on to the other pages. Thanks to Lyn Davies and colleagues at work for the advice.

 

April 2008

On the last day of April we are launching an 'InTune' archive. It contains a selection of articles from the last 4 years which can be downloaded or viewed as 'pdf' files. If you want your own copy of In Tune its tells you how to get one and also has an email address for people wishing to submit articles for the newsletter. (oxwelshintune@googlemail.com)

We have moved in to the new venue (Lord Nuffield Club) and it already feels like home.
The 'Old' website is no more. It had served us well for two years, but still contained code from the very first site which was over 6 years old. The new site is W3C compliant which means that it will be easier to maintain in future and will also be more accessible to disabled users. I hope you like the little Welsh flag 'favicon'. As its all new, there will be mistakes and suggestions. I'd appreciate being told about them, please email me at oxwelshweb@gmail.com

 

March 2008

Our Rehearsal venue is changing. From April it will be at the Lord Nuffield Centre in Cowley. Thursday night 7.30 to 9.30 and in the bar afterwards (optional!). Click here for more details

We enjoyed the games on Saturday (click for some pictures) and were invited back to the Cardiff Rugby Club after the match.

You missed a great St Davids Concert... click here for some pictures of the 'boys' (and Emily) in our new uniforms.

Our next event is in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium 28th March . Our programme is rather short and you do have to sit through two Rugby Matches... Ah well, the things we suffer for our music.

 

February 2008

Tickets are now on sale for our St Davids Day concert

(Saturday March 1st)
at the Amey Hall, Abingdon.

Tickets (£10) from:
Wells Stores, Peachcroft Farm, 12 Acre Rd, Abingdon
Dcs Johncare, 7/8 Radley Rd Industrial Estate, Abingdon
Blackwells Music Shop, Broad St, Oxford
Ron Salter 01869 331245
John Prout 01235 521307

Once again we welcome Rhian Williams (Soprano), Sujoya Elin Paul Bullock (harpist) and our Dragon.

January 2008

The choir are performing in Cardiff for the BBC Choir of the Year 1/4 finals. 18th May in Cardiff

The new Cd is released. It will be on sale at concerts priced £10 and will also be available by post for £10.50 . For more information on content and an order form click on the CD.

The Choir is 80 this year, our President Haydn Cooper, who has been a member since the 30's, celebrated his 90th birthday.

December 2007

We have some new photos in the gallery. Pictures of the Town Hall concert in September and the CD recording session in November.

The choir is holding its Welsh evening at the Victoria Arms in Marston on Sunday 23 September starting at 8pm. No charge for entry.

November 2007

It's an extra busy time for the Choir!

We thought that it would just be the usual round of mince pies and Christmas carols - how wrong could we be.

Firstly, our home is Cowley Centre is being redeveloped. For a while it looked as if we would be homeless for our 80th birthday. Don't worry, we found a new home, also in Cowley and we will continue to rehearse on Thursday evenings. See March 2008 (above).

Secondly, we are preparing to record a new CD on December 2nd 2007. This will feature a new selection of songs, with a good balance of previously unrecorded (by us) Welsh favorites as well as some new works. These will show how much the choir has developed under the baton of our new MD, Emily Stamoulis. The final selection of songs will be decided after the recording session.

The CD will be available in the new year.