AN AUDIENCE of over 500 filled the Auditori Teulada-Moraira recently to enjoy a magnificent evening of choir music from the 80-strong, internationally acclaimed Pontarddulais Male Choir, the 40-strong local Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and Dolce Divas, with MC Paul Freeman.
The Welsh choir opened the concert with three songs and immediately impressed the audience with their power and control. After a beautiful set from Dolce Divas, comprising Claire Harkness-Post and Kirsty Glen, the Pontarddulais boys were back and finished the first half with a stirring rendering of Men of Harlech.
After the interval, there was a change of mood with the Pontarddulais choir, who have won a record 16 first places at the Welsh Royal National Eisteddfod, singing three well-known songs, including Liverpool FC’s anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone. It was then the turn of the local Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir, who once again changed the mood and wowed the audience with five songs including the South African anti‐apartheid folk song Senzenina and the song most often requested by their growing army of followers You Raise Me Up.
After a final set from the Welsh, the two choirs totalling 120 male voices joined together to lift the roof off the Auditori with three songs of very different moods – Speed Your Journey from Verdi’s opera Nabucco, the 60’s pop song Softly and a rousing arrangement of the Rhythm of Life. During the stirring finale, when the audience joined the choirs in singing the Welsh national anthem, several red dragon national flags were waved in the auditorium, rounding off what was a remarkable evening of music rarely seen here on the Costa Blanca and enjoyed by ex-pats and Spanish alike. One member of the audience wrote to say “Thank you for a wonderful musical and emotional experience.”
The concert reunited two brothers, singing together on stage for the first time since they were boys of 6 and 8 years old back in Wales. Alun Price joined the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir when he retired to Spain 10 years ago, having only previously sung in church choirs when he lived in Wales. His brother Gwynne has been a member of the Pontarddulais Male Choir for 15 years and neither of them thought they would one day be singing together in a theatre in Spain.
Next up for The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir is a ‘Concert at the Cave’ at the Cueva de las Calaveras in Benidoleig on 30th June at 8pm. Tickets price 10€ can be booked by phone: 965 744 577 or email: [email protected]