WARRINGTON Male Voice Choir do love to sing by the seaside after winning a trophy at the prestigious North Wales Choral festival in Llandudno at the weekend.
Despite the cold and wet weather during most of the day, Warrington Male Voice Choir’s visit to the seaside saw them coming home -victorious.
Llandudno’s Venue Cymru was the venue for this year’s prestigious North Wales Choral Festival, taking place from 8-10 November.
However, the morning was the focus for Warrington Male Voice Choir, competing against four other choirs for the coveted Male Voice category.
Performing last, their three competition pieces, including one written by the choir’s own Musical Director, Russell Paterson, were well received by the audience and, more importantly, by the three competition adjudicators.
When Warrington was announced as the winner – receiving a glass trophy and cash prize – its possible the cheers could be heard back home.
Commenting after the win, Russell Paterson said: “I’m so proud of what the Choir have achieved. Over the last twelve months they have put a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment into rehearsing the pieces, on top of working on our wider concert programme, and its brilliant when, competing against some excellent choirs, that effort is rewarded with a win. We also got an extra buzz as an English choir winning in Wales – the land of song! This was our first competition since we won in Torquay back in 2012 and, speaking to the Chairman and Secretary, we all agree we won’t be leaving it another seven years before competing in another competition.”
The choir’s winning day came to a fitting end when, in the evening and by pure co-incidence, they opened the Festival Celebration Concert where, once again, their performance was well received by all.
The choir are now planning to ‘show off’ the trophy to their festive audiences, particularly at their annual Christmas Voices Christmas Brass concert, taking place this year on 21 December at Warrington’s Parr Hall and with nearly 600 tickets already sold.
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Pictures Gwil Parry and Charlotte Davies