Com­mu­nity choir sings to sup­port two good causes

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ANORTH Wales com­mu­nity choir which hits the high notes at home and over­seas will cel­e­brate its tenth an­niver­sary by host­ing a glit­ter­ing char­ity con­cert.

Côr Dre Caernar­fon, which was formed by a group of twenty-some­things to give voice to their mu­tual love of mu­sic, aims to thrill a home­town au­di­ence with its gala event at the Ga­leri on March 24.

They are rais­ing money for Tŷ Enfys which pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for the par­ents of chil­dren be­ing cared for in the spe­cial care baby unit at Ys­byty Gwynedd.

Be­fore that the choir has an­other im­por­tant date when it sings for res­i­dents at the Bryn Seiont Newydd de­men­tia cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in Caernar­fon.

Ac­cord­ing to com­mit­tee mem­ber Manon Owen, the choir was formed at the end of 2007 by a small group of lo­cal peo­ple in their twen­ties.

She said: “They were a mix­ture of peo­ple al­ready liv­ing in Caernar­fon and oth­ers who had re­cently moved back to the area after at­tend­ing uni­ver­sity who had a love of singing in com­mon. We are a mixed com­mu­nity choir mixed rather than a pro­fes­sional one and any­one is wel­come to join.”

She added: “Most of our mem­bers live in Caernar­fon but oth­ers travel from places like Ban­gor and An­gle­sey and nearby vil­lages.

“Some mem­bers have also learnt Welsh as adults and one of our mem­bers orig­i­nally comes from Texas, USA. A few choir mem­bers are part­ners or mar­ried cou­ples. We per­form a wide va­ri­ety of songs, in­clud­ing light classics, folk and clas­si­cal, as well as pop­u­lar mu­sic. We have sung in Welsh, English, Latin and even Swahili.”

Caernar­fon choirs join to­gether for the an­nual Christ­mas con­cert in St Mary’s Church and last year it was Côr Dre’s turn to or­gan­ise the event to raise money for Tŷ Enfys.

The same good cause will ben­e­fit from the Gala Con­cert at the Ga­leri on March 24.

Start­ing at 7.30pm, this will fea­ture Côr Dre ac­com­pa­nied by Welsh folk band Ar Log and singer/song­writer Dewi Pws. The pre­sen­ter will be Welsh ac­tor Dewi Rhys who has ap­peared in Welsh soaps Pobol y Cwm and Rownd a Rownd.

Manon added: “We are cur­rently record­ing a CD – as yet un­ti­tled – which will hope­fully be for sale at the con­cert and many of our songs on the night will be taken from that.

“We hope to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for Tŷ Enfys, which is an ex­cel­lent cause which we are de­lighted to sup­port as many of our mem­bers have young chil­dren.

“An­other ma­jor event to which we are very much look­ing for­ward is when we sing for res­i­dents at Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernar­fon. Again, we’ll be per­form­ing songs from our new CD. We love singing at new and dif­fer­ent venues and I un­der­stand that mu­sic acts as a great ther­apy for peo­ple with de­men­tia.”

Tick­ets for the Gala Con­cert at the Ga­leri are avail­able for £15 and £12.50 con­ces­sions and can be bought from the ticket of­fice on 01286 685 250, or on­line at ga­ler­i­caernar­

Mem­bers of Cor Dre Caernar­fon meet Gwyn­for Jones of Pen­dine Park at Bryn Seiont in Caernar­fon.

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