Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir, Côr Meibion Maesteg a’r Cylch to the Houses of Parliament for the day. The Choir were given the unique opportunity to perform a concert of songs in the splendid State Apartments of the Speaker’s House. The audience included a number of MPs and Peers as well as supportive friends and family of the choir members.
The Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir are one of many in Ogmore that contribute to the rich musical heritage of the area. The Choir was set up in 1974 and has performed to thousands of people in the UK and overseas. They also raise tremendous amounts of money for charity every year by giving concerts in aid of charitable causes.
The choir performed a selection of Welsh and English hymns and traditional songs, with a particular highlight being the final rousing performance of Finlandia. The Choir were expertly led by Musical Director Rhian Jenkins and Assistant Musical Director Huw Morgan and were accompanied by the extremely talented Ryan Wood on the piano. Sally-Anne Kingsbury also delighted the audience with two solo pieces.
Luckily the weather held up, and after the concert, the choir members and their families enjoyed a celebratory drink on the Terrace of the Houses of Parliament overlooking the River Thames. I then gave the guests a whirlwind tour of Parliament which included a walk through Central Lobby and Westminster Hall.
It was a memorable and entertaining day full of music and laughter; not only for the choir but also for their families, and for all those lucky enough to hear their performance. I am very grateful to the Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir for bringing the beautiful music of the Llynfi Valley to the heart of Westminster.