Risca Male Choir
Risca Male Choir, from South Wales, are on tour in our area. The choir are singing in Bebington, Wirral on 1 Jun and in Chester on 3 Jun. Previous tours have seen the choir perform in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain and California. Founded in 1970, Risca Male Choir has established an enviable reputation with its diverse performance styles and trendsetting programmes. Competition successes have included gaining the title Male Choir of the Year, winning the Welsh Choral Challenge shield, the National Eisteddfod, the Bronze Medal from the Malta International Choral Competition, and being Male Choir Winners at the International Choir Festival of Jersey, and the Majestic Battle of the Choirs, Torquay.
Soloist Andrew jenkins was the winner of the Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod, Cardiff, 2018
RISCA MALE CHOIR – INFORMATION
1970 – 2023
RISCA MALE CHOIR – PRIZE WINNING
· National Eisteddfod
· Male Choir of the Year
· B&I Choral Challenge Shield
· Jersey Choral Festival
· WS Gwynn Williams Award
· Majestic Battle of the Choirs
· Malta International Festival
RISCA MALE CHOIR – THE CHOIR OF CHOICE
· The Magic of the Musicals, BBC2
· Can they hack it? HTV Wales
· A Partridge in a Pear Tree, HTV Wales
· Beethoven Choral Symphony, Sinfonia Cymru
· Carbon 12, Welsh National Opera
· Millennium Songs of Praise, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, BBC
· We’ll keep a welcome, Bryn Terfel, Deutsche Grammophon
RISCA MALE CHOIR – FIRST PERFORMANCES
· Carbon 12, Errollyn Wallen
· Beowulf & Grendel, Mervyn Burtch
· Owain ab Urien, David Wynne
· Her Triumph, Richard Roderick Jones
· Prayer for the third millennium, Andrew Lloyd Webber
RISCA MALE CHOIR – UNIQUE THEME SHOWS
· Risca Male Choir in a Winter Wonderland
· When you wish upon a star
· Risca Male Choir sings the shows
· Risca Male Choir sings the movies
Images by permission of Risca Choir
Soprano Jane Johnson
Soloist Jane Johnson
Jane is a Sales Manager by profession and lives in the small village of Betley, Cheshire. Her love of singing started at an early age and this passion has continued to the present day. In her early years Jane gained valuable experience on the festival platform where she enjoyed great success and continued her musical studies with Caroline Crawshaw formerly Director of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is now a pupil of Laurie Ashworth.
Jane has performing experience in, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music. Her repertoire embraces Lieder, Operetta, English Song, Oratorio, Opera, Musicals and Recital Works.
In addition to her individual concerts, recitals and performances Jane has been invited as guest soloist by Choirs and Choral Societies throughout the country.
She has also taken many leading roles in Gilbert and Sullivan and Operetta productions. These include Anna Glavari – The Merry Widow, Prince Orlofsky – Die Fledermaus, Gianetta – The Gondoliers, Aline – The Sorcerer, Elsie – Yeoman of the Guard, Yum Yum – The Mikado, Mabel – Pirates of Penzance and Josephine – HMS Pinafore. She has been directed by Alistair Donkin, Ken Robertson Scott, Geoffrey Shovelton and Roberta Morrell, all originally with the D’oyly Carte. Jane has also played the role of the Mother in Menotti’s- Ahmal and the Night Visitors under the direction of Paddy McGuigan and Dido (Dido and Aeneas) for Silk Opera.
Most memorable parts played in musicals include Eliza Doolittle – My Fair Lady, Tuptim and Mrs Anna – The King and I, Dolly -Hello Dolly, Julie in Carousel and Jenny Lind in Barnum.
This love of music has provided the opportunity for her to contribute to a variety of charities.
When not working or singing Jane loves to spend time with hubby Phil, walking their dog, baking and knitting.
Jane is especially delighted to be taking part in this evening’s concert.
Once again Jane is accompanied by Treona Holden, Musical Director of a number of choirs and musical societies in Cheshire.
Guest soprano Jane Johnson has performed on many occasions with Crewe Male Voice Choir, and is an active supporter of Rotary events.
A stunning evening of musical joy awaits you …
CHESTER PROGRAMME, SATURDAY JUNE 3, 2023, 19:00
Let all men sing! Keith Christopher
Anfonaf Angel Robat Arwyn
With a song in my heart Rodgers & Hart
Summertime (Porgy & Bess) George Gershwin
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square Manning Sherwin
Ar hyd y nos arr. Martin Hodson
O Gymru! Rhys Jones
Cymru Fach! David Richards
My little Welsh home WS Gwynn Williams
Hodie! John Leavitt
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? arr. Robert Shaw/Alice Parker
INTERVAL – drinks served by Chester Beer and Wine
I’m goin’ up a yonder arr. Martin Sirvatka
Gonna rise up singin’ Don Besig
Ah! Je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette) Gounod
Lascia ch’io pianga (Rinaldo) Handel
Hiraeth! arr. Alwyn Humphreys
The word was God Rosephanye Powell
Don’t cry for me Argentina (Evita) Lloyd Webber
On my lips every kiss is like wine (Giuditta) Léhar
Jane & Andrew
Trot here and there (Véronique) André Messager
Sunset Poem (Under Milk Wood) Dylan Thomas/Troyte Narrator: Dave Tutton
Gwinllan a roddwyd Caradog Williams
Music Director: Matthew Harrison
Accompanists: Alison Thomas, Martin Hodson MBE
Accompanist for Jane Johnson: Treona Holden
Our Event Sponsors
We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting this worthwhile cause:
These sponsors have enabled us to offset the costs of venue hire, soloist fee and event printing – which of course increases the amount we can donate to the Foodbank.
There will, of course, be a raffle. With some great prizes, donated by Tesco Extra Broughton (special shout out to Community Champion Alex) and to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chester – our meeting venue of course. Raffle prizes have also been donated by our generous members.
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