Friday 28th June 2019 at 7pm
St.David’s Church, Neath
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Summer Concert 2017
Success! Our Summer Concert on the 23rd June 2017 raised £565 for local mental health charity – Neath Port Talbot Mind Association. Thanks to all the artistes that took part on the night and all who helped and supported it – including our wonderful audience!
The Choir present a cheque of £1,030 to ‘Marie Curie’ Cancer Care Charity – profit from our Christmas Concert on the 9th December 2016. Pictured are Mark, Bethan and the Choir with Hannah Leckie, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cymru. Many thanks to all who took part in and supported the concert. A superb result!
Following on from the Choir’s highly enjoyable Summer Concert on the 1st July 2016, when the wonderful Catwg Primary School Choir took part and charmed the audience with their singing and ‘signing’, on the 6th October, we were delighted to present the Hearing Impairment Unit at the School with a cheque for the concert profit of £700. The photograph shows the children and music staff, Liz Broom and Shan Thomas receiving the cheque from music director Mark Ritzmann and treasurer, Peter Swindale.
The Choir are pleased to announce that James Thomas will commence as their new accompanist from September 2016, as Joseph Cavalli-Price leaves them to move on to Music College in Cardiff. James, who is just 16 years of age, says he is excited to have the opportunity and experience of accompanying the choir, and we are delighted to welcome him on board. The Choir are very grateful to Joe for his wonderful work with them over the last 4 years or so, and wish him every success for the future.
The choir’s Music Director, Mark Ritzmann said, ‘We are delighted to have been able to raise this excellent sum towards such a worthy cause, and I am very grateful to the Choir and all the artistes who took part, as well as to our audience for their wonderful support.’
Following a kind donation received from St.David’s Church, Neath towards the Choir’s Christmas Charity Concert – the total raised for Breast Cancer NOW has reached over £900! Many thanks!
Great news! Our Christmas Concert on the 4th December 2015 raised over £850 for Breast Cancer NOW charity. Thanks to all who took part and everyone who supported it.
The Choir were delighted to take part in the Neath Town Mayoress Appeal Concert on Friday 8th May 2015 at St.David’s Church, Neath as part of a line up of local schools and guest artistes all coming together to help support the appeal. The Choir sang two new pieces in their repertoire as well as a providing a rousing finale item.
Following the success of our Christmas concert on 5th December 2014, Neath Polyphonic Choir and Soroptimist International of Neath have between them raised just over £1,200 for two local charities. Both organisations combined their energies towards holding a fundraising concert at St.David’s Church, and the event was a resounding success, with a capacity audience present. The Choir’s Christmas concert was supported by guests, Soprano, Rebecca Conway and Briton Ferry Silver Band Ensemble.
The two charities chosen were Neath Foodbank and ‘Ice Cool Kids’ – which provides opportunities for Special Needs Children. Cheques for £605 have been presented to each charity. Although the good work provided by Neath Foodbank is well known in the community, perhaps less is known about ‘Ice Cool Kids’ which was set up by Chris and Julie Harvey from Skewen, and raises money to take special needs children skiing, allowing them to achieve and experience what would otherwise not be possible. It is a fully inclusive activity with local mainstream children being encouraged to assist in training sessions via the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. It encourages children to work together co-operatively as part of a team.
The Choir’s music director, Mark Ritzmann said, ‘We were very pleased to be able to support these very worthwhile causes, and we wish both charity organizations every continued success with their good work’.
The Choir were part of a surprise for Katherine Jenkins, as she guested on ‘The One Show’ on Wednesday 19th November. With a live link from the London studios to St.David’s Church, Neath, the Choir sung John Rutter’s delightful setting of ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’ – and the soprano was clearly moved by the appearance of her many friends from Neath. There were brief interviews with a number of Katherine’s family, friends and her former Choir Master, Mark Ritzmann, now the Polyphonic’s music director. If you missed the transmission, it can be watched again on BBC I-Player.
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