Hitting the High Notes
Hereford Police Male Choir ended 2010 on a high note - singing at the International Police Music Festival in Zürich in September, followed by an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall London in October, as part of the London Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs.
And 2011 is going to be another great year of song for the choir, which just three years ago achieved national acclaim with its performance on the BBC TV show "Last Choir Standing". Organisers of the festival in Zürich spotted the choir on the TV show and invited us to to provide the choral singing part of the EU-backed event - the sole UK representatives.
International Police Music Festival
Hereford lined up with the NYPD Pipes & Drums Band from New York, Sydney Fire Brigade Band, police bands from Hong Kong and South Africa, and the unusual Dutch Bicycle Show Band. As well as being part of the huge festival concerts and parades through the Swiss capital, the Police Choir staged its own concert at one of Zürich's main city centre churches.
For choir members it was a unique experience and a wonderful opportunity to take our music to such an appreciative international audience. Many useful contacts were made, which could result in more invitations to sing at other major overseas music events.
Excerpts from the show can be seen here...
To sing at the Royal Albert Hall is top of every chorister's wish list, especially as part of a 500-strong massed choir, mostly from Wales. It meant learning 16 new pieces of music, several in Welsh. Some of the songs were accompanied by the famous Cory Brass Band, four times World champions. Several of these pieces will form part of the choir's repertoire for 2011.
Hereford Police Male Choir has been given the opportunity in February 2011 to repeat the Albert Hall experience in another of the nation's finest auditoriums, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, when for the first time the Royal Albert Hall concert will be performed in the Welsh capital. This makes a great start to the Police Choir's 2011 concert programme, which will include trips to Southampton, Devizes, the famous RAF College Cranwell and as guests of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir for their 60th anniversary concert in the city's majestic concert hall, holding some 4000 people.
Throughout the 2011 season, the choir will be maintaining its grassroots tradition and singing in churches and village halls around the region.