The choir held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6th September. The choir has had a busy and successful 12 months with lots of memorable events to celebrate the 45th Anniversary year. The Anniversary Concert, held in St Clement's Church, was a great way to mark this anniversary. The choir sang to a full church and the feeling is that Neyland Ladies are now back in full swing and good voice following the break for Covid. Musical Director Lynne Kelleher feels that the ladies are moving forward and into the 21st century using the technology of backing tracks to some pieces as a change to always singing to the piano and looks to the future with enthusiasm. Incoming Chair, Sandra Western, is looking forward to another busy year for the choir and is seen here receiving the Waterford Crystal Rosebowl from chorister Trisha Campodonic. Sandra will lead the new committee with Alison Davies as as Secretary and Jean Diggle as Treasurer.
On Friday 28th July the choir was delighted to be the opening act for this year's Edge Festival in Solva. Typical festival weather was forecast but the sun came out just as the ladies began to sing and the rain stayed away for the whole of their 45 minute performance. They sang to a very appreciative audience and introduced a new piece - Viva La Vida (recorded by Coldplay) to an upbeat backing track - to the watching festival goers.
This amazing experience was followed by a summer dinner at the Rising Sun Inn.
The ladies turned out in their new summer tops
to celebrate the choir's 45th Anniversary with
a grand concert in St Clement's Church on Friday 5th May 2023.
This wonderful concert also started the town's Coronation celebration weekend.
The ladies sang to a full house with a varied programme and welcomed sisters Eleri Edwards & Glesni Edwards Clancy and harpist Sarah Jane Absalom to share the stage with them
The concert raised the amazing sum of £1,000 and chairlady Sandra Western is seen here presenting a cheque to a representative from Get The Boys A Lift.
This non-profit organisation based in Haverfordwest provides the people of West Wales with a free, award winning mental health support service.
Neyland Ladies Choir were honoured to be asked to sing at a Commemorative Service for Queen Elizabth II in St Clements Church, Neyland on Friday 16th September. There were a large number of people at the service paying their respects to Her Majesty. The service was lead by Rev Alan Chadwick, Vicar of St Clements, the prayers were lead by Rev Robert Waygood, Pastor of Bethesda Church in Neyland and members of Neyland Town Council did the readings. The Ladies Choir sang the beautiful song ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ which was written by the English conductor and composer John Rutter. Following the very moving service tea and coffee were served in the church hall enabling the congregation to share their personal memories of Her Majesty.
Neyland Ladies held the AGM on Wednesday 7th September. Pictured from left to right are Sheila Griffiths (outgoing Secretary), Rhiannon Griffiths (new Chairlady), Trisha Campodonic (outgoing Chairlady) and Rosalind Palk (incoming Secretary).
The choir are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead with a new Committee and 9 prospective new members.
This is the choir's 45th Anniversary year and several celebratory events are being planned including a Celebration Dinner in October and a Grand Anniversary Concert in Spring 2023.
We have been lucky enough to welcome 10 new members and 2 previous choristers have returned since September 2019. A very warm welcome to you all - photos to follow.
How wonderful that more and more people are realising the pleasure and benefits of singing. Long may it continue.
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The committee of Chairlady Carol Scale, Secretary Sheila Griffiths and Treasurer Sandra Western began their second year in office at the AGM this year, supported by Assistant Chairlady Trisha Campodonic and Assistant Treasurer Shirley Hooper. The committee is looking to recruit a new Assistant Secretary in the near future.
After the choir's very busy June, July and August this summer it is now time to get back to rehearsals and maybe get a few new pieces into the repertoire.
The choir is looking forward to singing at the Winter Fair at the National Garden of Wales in early November and the usual busy run up to Christmas that will include the ever popular Prize Bingo to held on Friday 22nd November.
Plans are already going ahead for a visit from Barry Male Voice Choir in June 2020 - watch this space for further details of a joint concert to be held on Friday 5th June next year.