On Saturday 7th June, in an unlikely collaboration, two choirs came together to perform a harmonious concert of vocal music at Longmeadow Sports & Social Club in Whitchurch, Hampshire. The concert of the renowned Treorchy Male Choir has become a biennial fixture in the calendar for Whitchurch, but this year they were joined by Testbourne Community School’s ‘Bella Voce’ choir.
The collaboration was the brainchild of local impresario and club manager, Paul Driver, who said: “I love the sound of the Treorchy Male Choir; it takes me back to my roots and I wanted to share that passion with our local choir, Bella Voce, which I had heard so much about within the community.”
Treorchy Male Choir have been established in the Rhonda Valley in Wales for more than 130 years and are one of the best known from the area, regularly performing in the UK and abroad. They have collaborated with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Russell Watson and Jon Bon Jovi, and frequently perform at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for various Rugby Union international games.
This joint concert featured a diverse range of songs from both choirs, including Welsh hymns and folk songs through to showtunes and popular songs. The concert culminated with both choirs singing an arrangement of “You Raise Me Up”, which prompted a standing ovation from the audience, and was followed by an encore of both the Welsh and British National anthems.