Welsh Men’s Choir at ACT

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir features six singers from Maple Ridge. - Contributed
The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir features six singers from Maple Ridge.
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The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir teams up again with UBC’s Opera programme to bring you an evening of music this weekend.

The choir will feature some of its favourites ,old and new songs, including some delightful Canadiana.

UBC Opera students will contrast that with stunning solo and group performances.

Founded in 1980 by a handful of expatriate Welshmen, the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir has grown into a 100-man ensemble from throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, representing Canada’s cultural mosaic.

Offering an entertaining repertoire of traditional Welsh hymns, spirituals, opera choruses, show tunes and more, the choir tours extensively throughout British Columbia and internationally.

The choir features six Maple Ridge residents: Duncan Macdonald, Dan MacMaster, Drew McIlroy, Alan Tucker, Brian Nash and Bruce Williams.

Macdonald has been singing with the choir since 1981.

“I just love the music they sing,” says Macdonald, who is a baritone.

One of his favourite songs is a Welsh folk song Myfanwy, which he heard the first time he encountered the choir.

“It’s just a beautiful love song and sung a cappella,” he says.

• The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir plays the ACT Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit actmapleridge.org or call the box office at 604-476-2787.

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