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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.

Name:Keith Hebblewhite
Date Added:Saturday, December 9, 2017
SubjectEly concert
Message:Great night in the wonderful Ely Cathedral with the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the House Cavalry Band on a dry but bitterly cold night. I enjoyed the before concert rehearsal as well, as it was a chance to get up closer to see my friends in the choir ,as my concert seat was well down the nave. Would have preferred more of the Choir singing than the band but I suppose the band were the main hosts!! Sorry I couldn’t make the Afterglow but felt rough with a heavy cold and not wanted to spread y germs amongst you all. So would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy NewYear. Best wishes from us all in LINCOLN. X a

Name:Karen Baker
Date Added:Wednesday, November 22, 2017
SubjectPort Talbot to Ely Cathedral
Message:Great night as always in Port Talbot with The Imperials. We have got tickets for Ely so hopefully we will see you boys after the show. I will try and post some photos if I can!

Name:Dick Bateman
Date Added:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
SubjectSt Swithins, Bath, 14.10.17
Message:It was an honour for us in the Bath Male Choir to sing on the same bill as Morriston Orpheus at St. Swithins (and to have such a friendly time afterwards at the Twerton Liberal Club)last week A wonderful evening which we will never forget.

Name:Mervyn Reed
Date Added:Friday, July 14, 2017
SubjectVisit to Wales August 2017
Message:I am Mervyn Reed from South Africa and a member of the Durban Men's Choir (Bass section)

I have been a great fan of the Morriston Orpheus Choir for many years and now, finally, I am able to afford to pay for a trip to the United Kingdom.

I saw your invitation to join you on a practice night and so planned my trip into Wales to be in Swansea by Sunday, 27th August 2017 so as to able to attend your practice.

I have noticed that you have a summer break and am Praying that you will be back by the time I arrive in Swansea, I would really be disappointed if I was to miss seeing you in person.

Please let me know by return email whether my dream will come true on the 27th August

I have also sent an email to your general secretary

Name:Pat & Peter Hillman
Date Added:Thursday, June 22, 2017
SubjectAnnual Concert
Message:Congratulations to everyone for a lovely concert on 17th June in the stunning venue of the Great Hall on the Swansea Bay campus. We are sure Dai, Gareth and Shan Cothi could have started new careers for themselves!!!
We look forward to seeing you all in the future.

Name:ken parton
Date Added:Sunday, June 18, 2017
Subjectlast nights concert
Message:my son and i were at the concert last night
and we were so proud
to say that dewi george is a relative i am his uncle and kevin his cousin and he is a chorister ofthe choir.i have been a member of ebbw vale male choir for 53 yrs.
kevin and i thank you ALL for a enter taing and a enjoyable evening.
ken and kevin parton

Name:Morriston Orpheus Choir
Date Added:Wednesday, June 14, 2017
SubjectConcert in Ely
Message:Hi Keith.
Yes the concert in Ely on Friday 8th December is very much on. Final details are now being finalised with the organisers and we anticipate a formal announcement shortly. Keep an eye on our website for full details.
In the meantime congratulations to you and Pat. Do enjoy your celebrations next month.

Name:Keith Hebblewhite
Date Added:Sunday, June 11, 2017
SubjectEly Concert
Message:Hello, can you tell me if the previously planned concert in Ely Cathedral in December is still on? Hope yout Summer goes well. Pat & I celebrate our Diamond Wedding Anniversary in July with family coming over from Australia so won't get to a concert til the Autumn or Ely !! Best wishes to you all.

Name:Keith Hebblewhite
Date Added:Monday, December 12, 2016
SubjectMerry Christmas
Message:Hi to you all, hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Thank you all for making 2016 a year to remember with your visit to my home City of Lincoln and your performance in the Cathedral in May. Hope to get down to see you all next year. Best wishes and good health to you all. And watch out you Swansea fans ,the Lincoln IMPS are edging closer to you!!!!!!!. Keith & Pat

Name:Pat & Peter Hillman
Date Added:Monday, September 19, 2016
SubjectPershore Concert
Message:There seems so little that we can add to the previous tributes made about the Pershore concert but to reiterate it was a perfect evening in every way and a poignant tribute to Sue and John's son Paul from choir, soloists and everyone who contributed in whatever way.
Thank you.

Pat & Peter

Name:Nigel Jones
Date Added:Sunday, September 18, 2016
SubjectAn extraordinary evening in Pershore Abbey. Saturday, 17 September, 2016.
Message:There are concerts and there are concerts. This concert was an extraordinary, fabulous success from so many standpoints.
Organised by John and Sue Fletcher to celebrate what would have been their son’s Paul 40th birthday. It was clear from the outset that the planning was meticulous, the communication superb and an overwhelming feeling of a caring family wishing to share their bereaved son’s special birthday. Well, Sue and John, you succeeded wonderfully.
And to hear your granddaughter, Megan sing ‘Till there was you’ was so poignant. What bravery she showed to sing so beautifully, in front of so many.
The Orpheus were quite outstanding. The acoustics in this ancient place were perfect. And boy, did the choir excel.
The power, the precision and timing were as good as it gets. Joy Amman Davies just goes from strength to strength with her “boys”. This performance ranks as one of their best in recent years.
In a performance that was superb throughout, it is difficult to state which were the finest parts of the overall concert, but I have not heard Gwahoddiad sung better by any choir. It was spell binding. And the Extract from Nidaros was so powerful, it was one of the best “goose bump” moments.
Huw Euron, the bass soloist was a superb choice. What an outstanding performer. What a rich depth to his tone. His rendering of the Paul Robeson classic “Ol’ man river” was mesmerising. Quite superb. And when he combined with the choir to sing ‘You’ll never walk alone’ there was not a dry eye in the house.
As the sell-out audience filtered out into the darkness of the night, full of emotion, we knew we had witnessed something very, very special that touched the soul in so many levels.
So, well done to Musical Director Joy and the boys of The Wonderful Orpheus, Organist Leslie Ryan, Accompanist Ieuan Jones and Soloist Huw Euron for entertaining a sell-out Abbey in such superb style.
But a very special thank you to John and Sue Fletcher and their amazing family.

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