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Name:Keiron and Geraldine Pugh
Date Added:Friday, February 28, 2020
Message:What a wonderful day we had celebrating the wedding of our daughter Alys to Ben Eaton in Craig Y Nos Castle, Abercrave on February 21.
The hit of the day was the singing of this terrific Welsh choir who welcomed our new Essex family to Wales.
You made a very special day more memorable by your singing in this magical setting.
Thank you again.

Name:Maggie buck
Date Added:Wednesday, February 19, 2020
SubjectOur visit
Message:We were lucky enough to sit in on a choir rehearsal last Wednesday 12th February. What a very special evening that was. 40 years on and I still feel Swansea is "home" despite living in England since 1979! The hymns tou sang brought back so many childhood memories of chapel singing. Just beautiful. Thank you for making us so very welcome. We will definitely be back.

Name:Wendy Roberts
Date Added:Thursday, January 30, 2020
SubjectThank you
Message:I live in the US, but found online a vintage recording of the Morriston Orpheus Choir, under the direction of Ivor E. Sims, that includes a pristine a capella version of All Through the Night.

For someone born far away from Wales who still feels the depths of my Welsh ancestry, this is an indescribably sweet discovery. Imagine my delight to find that your lovely music continues to flow!

Please keep singing. It matters more now than ever.

Name:Dave & Jennifer Underwood
Date Added:Monday, December 9, 2019
SubjectPassing of John 300.
Message:We are so very sad to here that John 300 has past away. 300 you served our Queen,country and the Morriston Orpheus Choir conscientiously and prodigious effort. A fine upstanding man. 300 rest in peace

Name:Keith Roberts
Date Added:Tuesday, November 19, 2019
SubjectMemorial Service for Huw Madoc-Jones-Jones
Message:Just a short note to congratulate the Choir on their singing throughout the Service and providing a moving musical tribute to a remarkable man. I walked into the Calon Lan Centre feeling quite low at the passing of yet another huge figure in the history of ‘The Orpheus’ , however the celebratory tone was set by the family eulogies and the singing complemented this perfectly. A humbling and uplifting experience. RIP Huw and thankyou Joy and all the choristers.

Name:Dave & Jenny Underwood
Date Added:Sunday, November 3, 2019
SubjectVisit to Choir practice 27 Oct 2019
Message:Thank you all for the great welcome we received on our visit to your choir practice last Sunday. To be with you again after 20 years away was tremendous. Thank you Joy for allowing me to sing in with the lads it meant so much to us both and my son. We wish you the very best for the future always in our thoughts.

Name:José Manuel Beato Sánchez
Date Added:Thursday, September 26, 2019
Message:Mis felicitaciones a todos los miembros del coro. Os descubrí hace años en un CD que cayó en mis manos, desde entonces cada vez que puedo os busco en la red para escucharos mientras trabajo. siento no poder visitaros, ya que vivo al sur de España, pero desde aquí mi más fuerte abrazo para cada uno de los miembros del coro y seguir haciéndolo tan bien como hasta ahora. Un saludo.

Name:John Mc naughton
Date Added:Wednesday, March 20, 2019
SubjectWorld's best choir
Message:Greetings from Bonnie scotland and stonehousemalevoicechoir as 2nd tenor in above choir we sent best wishes and congratulations to our brothers in song alwsys looking at your web page and listening to your wonderful sound God bless you all. What. Would I do without. My music

Name:Sue Logan
Date Added:Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Message:On behalf of myself and my Dad, Bill Davies from Colwyn Bay, wanted to thank you for the wonderful evening we had with you all in Pershore. Not only at the concert but in the Angel Hotel afterwards. It is an evening we both will never forget. Will definitely come to see you again. Much love, Sue and Bill xxx

Name:Roger Merlyn
Date Added:Tuesday, July 3, 2018
SubjectRehearsal night 1/7/18
Message:My son was over from San Francisco with his family and wanted to give his 8 year old daughter an introduction to some Welsh culture. At his suggestion, we attended the rehearsal last Sunday. We knew that this choir was superb, but the evening exceeded our expectations by some margin. A pleasure to listen to, not to mention dynamism of the director of music. The welcome afforded made the evening even more special. Thanks to all concerned.

Name:Pat & Peter Hillman, N. E. Derbyshire
Date Added:Monday, June 18, 2018
SubjectAnnual Concert
Message:Can we thank all those involved in the Annual Concert last Saturday, 16th June, for a really special evening, it was great.

We were very sad, however, to learn of the passing of several choristers who, in our 30 years of supporting the choir, we considered our friends.

Congratulations to the new choristers and we hope that they get as much pleasure from being in the choir as we do listening.

Name:Gaynor Davies
Date Added:Sunday, June 17, 2018
SubjectJune 16th Concert
Message:Thank you all for a lovely evening. Your concert had it all. Hymns that sent shivers up my spine (wonderful choice - all my favourites). Verdi's chorus - tears down my cheeks. So powerful and emotional. Musettas Waltz well what can I say, I had to laugh.
Many thanks to all concerned.

Name:Sian Reed
Date Added:Monday, June 4, 2018
SubjectOur Wedding 18/05/18
Message:Dear Morriston Orpheus Choir. I just wanted to send you a huge thank you for the wonderful performance you gave to us and our guests at our wedding on the 18th May in St Catherine's Church, Gorseinon. As the daughter of a lifetime member ex chorister (Glyn Thomas) it went without saying that we would want you with us on our big day. Almost half of our guests had travelled from outside Wales and most had never heard a male voice choir before. Well, we didn't half give them the best! You were absolutely fantastic and our guests are still talking about you. On a personal note, it made me very emotional to reach the end of the aisle, look up and see so many faces that I have known for years and years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. So, once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for being the wonderfully talented choir that you are and for coming to help us celebrate our marriage. I love you all. Sian xx

Name:Michael byard
Date Added:Thursday, January 18, 2018
SubjectMarch 20th concert
Message:I can,t remember how long we have been MOCSA members but it's a good many years which has meant many miles travelled,hotel bills etc so my wife and I are so pleased that the next concert we shall attend will be within a mile of our home ,we do look forward to seeing Joy and the boys I am sure Joy will recall my favourite piece if the programme allows it,best wishes and kind regards to all,Michael Byard

Name:Nigel Jones
Date Added:Sunday, December 10, 2017
SubjectA special Christmas Concert at Ely Cathedral.
Message:A Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful evening.
The ingredients: A truly magnificent 900-year-old Cathedral; The Royal Household Calvary Military Band; The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir and nearly one thousand paying audience. Plus, a wonderfully decorated Christmas tree!
This was a formidable combination that delivered one of the truly unique, unforgettable Orpheus evenings. It was very, very special.
The setting of Ely Cathedral is awe inspiring. So much British history, so much breath taking inspired stone mason architecture and tracery and as a matter of fact, the third longest nave in the country.
This is the rightful platform for The Orpheus. A world class setting, performing alongside a world class Military Band; entertaining an appreciative, informed listener.
The opening with The Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry was spell binding. Heard in so many different settings, but it was here and now, and with our choir. Seriously exhilarating.
Following the Festival Fanfare for Christmas from HM Household Cavalry, the choir responded with amongst others, Llanfair. Very poignant and superb.
There were so many extraordinary moments in this extraordinary concert, but there were two that stood out; just the most wonderful Benedictus from the Armed Man, by Karl Jenkins. The solo from the Euphonium was moving and quite exquisite.
A close second was the organ recital Toccata from Symphony No 5 by Widor. Performed by James Banville. They just took over the senses.
The Orpheus delivered An American Trilogy. Gwahoddiad and Morte Criste magnificently. They were just so moving and delivered to an audience that many of which had never heard the wonders of Welsh Choir Singing. They were spellbound.
But this was a very large edifice to fill. The nave is 250ft long, 78 feet wide and 105 feet high. By any concert criterion, this is a massive volume for any choir to fill without amplification. Curiously, there were 42” plasma screens all down the nave but no sound amplification. It was needed for the best effect.
It never ceases to amaze that all this voluntary. So many hours given to practice for perfection and then the travel, overnights, and the performance itself.
To every chorister and your family, thank you. It is profoundly appreciated.
And wonderfully led by Joy Amman Davies and supported by Leslie Ryan and Ieuan Jones.
And the Afterglow at Ely Rugby Club was just brilliant.
Thank you all for delivering an extraordinary and memorable event.

Wishing you all a Very Happy and peaceful Christmas.

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