You may say a breast cancer cause and a Male Voice Choir are unlikely bedfellows but Llangwm’s Male Voice Choir sang out loud and proud to support such a worthy cause by organising a community concert in Plas Isa, near Corwen.
Around 350 people turned up to support the great cause by attending the choirs soup and songs evening.
The conductor of the choir, Bethan Smallwood explains:
“We chose Breast Cancer because many people seem to have been affected by it recently - some family members and many friends in the area! The concert was arranged by our choir secretary, Rheinallt with his wife, Mallt, as their sister-in-law has recently had treatment at the oncology department at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.”
Rheinallt Jones, the choir’s secretary said:
“My wife and I personally wanted to support this cause through Awyr Las, as my sister in law has recently suffered from breast cancer and has been treated in the unit itself. This is an area that has touched many of us and is close to all of our hearts. My wife has been a driving force in helping to organise and promote the event and it wouldn’t have been the same without her support.”
Many other artists kindly contributed to the success of the evening, namely Trebor Lloyd Evans, the Blue Riband Baritone winner from Llangwm, Eilir Edwards, the tenor dairy farmer from Ruthin, Ceridwen & Llywela the young duet from Pentrellyncymer who also persuaded their dad to sing with them, YFC Cerrig Club, the local musical trio and Trebor Edwards was also persuaded to give his rendering of ‘One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus’. The evening ended with a rendition of Calon Lan which can be found on youtube by typing ‘Cor Llangwm Calon Lan’. The choir wish to thank all the artistes for giving their services free of charge and also to the staff of Plas Isa for their huge contribution to this worthy cause.
Breast cancer nurse Mags Moore expressed the unit’s thanks;
“We are so grateful for the very generous donation from Llanqwm choir. They have wowed us all by raising a significant amount to directly benefit the patients on the breast cancer unit and we can’t thank them enough. The proceeds will help to improve the comfort of our patients within the unit for those all important areas that go over and above what the NHS provides such as new medical equipment, improved facilities and training and education for healthcare staff.”
The choir’s next engagement will be singing at a friend’s wedding at Plas Isa, the popular wedding barn setting near Corwen and then a trip to sing in Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain is planned for September this year.