The Bridgend Male Choir.


Towards the end of October the Bridgend Male Choir, which is regarded as one of the larger male choirs in Wales, is going to be touring Majorca raising money for local designated charities.

Of the 104-strong, between 70 and 90 members will be coming to the island. The tour has been organised by Kate Mentink at the Rotary Club, Adrian Elkinson, the chairman of Calvia Lions, and Edward Ingram at the Anglican Church with logistical support from Suzanne Lyons, the owner of Mallorca Incoming Services.

The choir arrives in Palma on 24 October, but prior to departure from Cardiff airport they will give a short performance in the airport. They will be staying at the Rey Don Jaime in Santa Ponsa and will give a short performance to guests and the general public in the hotel.

The following day they will be performing, accompanied by some local children’s choirs, in Capdepera, and then the big concert, which will last some 90 minutes, is to be held in the Cathedral on 27 October at 8pm.

Established in 1960 the choir was originally named the Bridgend Police Choir. This was changed in 1987 to the Bridgend and District Male Choir. In 2006 it became the Bridgend Male Choir.

In 2010, the choir celebrated its fiftieth birthday. The golden celebrations got off to an excellent start when the choir was awarded a citizenship award from the mayor of Bridgend County Borough Council for 50 years of fundraising, generating in excess of a £1million for charity and for being ambassadors for Bridgend.

Most pleasingly, its then chairman, Mansel Abraham, received a similar award for serving 36 years in the role.

Further civic acknowledgement came at its Annual Concert in 2013, when a choir patron, assembly member for Bridgend and first minister, Carwyn Jones, commented: "Another wonderful concert combining the traditional with the new. Great credit has to go to everybody involved with the choir for performing difficult numbers with great aplomb. Well done everybody!"

An extra concert may be performed in Calvia on 26 October, but this is still being discussed.