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Tuesday 13th October 2015



Last October Upton Bishop WI planned a fun evening and challenged Gareth Whitcombe, Conductor of Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, with ‘moulding’ them into a choir in one evening.

The connection was made through Heather Kerry and her daughter Kate (a partner at Chase View Veterinary Clinic).  Gareth taught Kate piano when she was a little girl.  Kate remembered that Gareth was quite a character and suggested that Heather contact him to do something with Upton Bishop WI.  The resultant evening, Gareth Whitcombe, Even Better Than Gareth Malone, was a great success.

Little did they know that they had struck gold – Welsh gold!  Blaenavon Male Voice Choir has recently hit the headlines and this multi-award winning choir is the subject of a documentary that is making its film premier in Cardiff on 15th October.

Upton Bishop WI subsequently and as quickly as possible arranged for Gareth to bring his choir to the Millennium Hall and they are booked for Saturday, 23rd April 2016.

Gareth’s choir not only reflects the tradition of Welsh Male Voice Choirs but the programme also includes songs from the shows, amusing and popular music.

Gareth is a charismatic character leading an outstanding choir and Upton Bishop can expect a great night. 

Tickets will be on sale from January 2016 at £10, to include a glass of wine and refreshments. For further details contact Susan Jenkins at

Our WI meet on the second Tuesday of every month except August.

Monday 24th August 2015

Just a reminder, I’m sure you haven’t forgot  - please remember that we have choir practice on Thursday 27th August at 7.30pm at Horeb Church in Blaenavon in readiness for a wedding at Horeb Church on Saturday 29th August at 3.00pm. Please can you inform anyone that you know off that is not on social media – thanks – see you all Thursday.

Monday 10th August 2015

Keep your eyes peeled tonight for a preview of the forthcoming documentary of the
Blaenavon Male Voice Choir and Choirs from around the country and the world will possibly be featured on Channel 4 news tonight between 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

Friday 7th August 2015 

Wedding at llangattock on Saturday 8th August 2015 - choristers please be at Llangattock at 11.45am at the latest. Dress is dinner suits and red bow tie with dress shirts. Parking for the event is in a fields just past the church. See you Saturday.

Wednesday 5th August 2015

Practice as normal on Thursday 6th August (7.30pm) ready for wedding at Llangattock on Saturday at 12.00 noon.   

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of ex chorister and friend John Barrington. He was an excellent chorister and a perfect gentleman. Our thoughts and our sympathy go to his family and to Ozzie our Deputy Conductor who was a very close friend. From all at Blaenavon Male Voice Choir. R.I.P.

During our "Men's Night Out" at The Bridge Inn - Llanfoist a coat was taken by mistake, perhaps by a chorister - if you found that when you got home that you had the wrong coat - the one you have is Ianto's from South Africa. Could you bring it to practise please on Thursday 6th August and he will be only to glad to swap with you - or contact a committee member - thanks in anticipation. MDC

Last Modified on: 01-06-2020