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A Successful Tour for the Colwyn Male Voice Choir

Date:20 September 2016

COLWYN MALE VOICE CHOIR reaches the heights in North America

Colwyn Male Voice Choir have just returned from a sell out tour of North America in August and September. The Colwyn tour of 71 choristers and guests began with a tour of the Vancouver city and then a tour of Vancouver Island the next day . 22 of the party then took a flight by sea plane from Vancouver harbour and others went on a whale spotting boat. On 28th August the choir of 41 voices sang at the 500 capacity Ryerson United church to a full enthusiastic audience , sharing a programme with the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice choir. This was a return concert for both choirs as Colwyn had hosted the Vancouver choir the previous year. The two choirs ended the programme with Gwahoddiad ( Invitation) to a standing ovation. The next day Colwyn travelled through the Rockies to Salmon Arm on the large Shuswap lake. While this is a small town , the local organisers and audience had made very special efforts to host and prepare for the concert. Their volunteers built a special stage and one concert goer travelled 150 miles each way to the concert. The 350 seat church was completely sold out and there was a further standing ovation. Many people without tickets had to be turned away. The following 2 days were spent in the Banff area and the whole choir took the cable car gondolas to the top of the 8000 feet Sulphur Mountain, while many walked on to the next peak. Later we sang at the famous Lake Louise ( with snow and glacier in the distance) to an audience of tourists and a Native American chief.


Photo of Colwyn Male Voice Choir at Lake Louise, by kind permission of BANFF Photography

Colwyn then travelled to Calgary, where the choir was the special guest choir of the North American Festival of Wales, which was attended by people from across the USA and Canada. Here the choir sang at the Saturday evening concert on 4th September to a full capacity audience of 750 at the Knox United church to a great reception from the whole audience. Many locals without tickets had to be turned away. On Sunday 5th , Colwyn sang to a total of around 800 in the two Cymanfa Ganu. Both the Canadian organisers and the choir considered all the concerts and tour a great success. While in Canada, we also sold a large number of our new CD " Calon Lan" which was first released in August 2016. Colwyn returned to Wales on 6th September and was soon busy again singing at the Proms in the Park in Parc Eirias on 10th September, along with distinguished Royal Northern College of Music student and local baritone Ieuan Jones.

If you are interested in joining the choir in order to get involved with any further adventures, contact Charles Cooksley Secretary Cor Meibion Colwyn for further details.

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