Performances


We perform songs when we feel ready to share them, sometimes at community events or for example near Christmas, but the main aim is still to sing for our own pleasure.  In the past couple of years Heartsong has given a number of successful concerts. Occasionally, we join with other community choirs, in Machynlleth or Llangrannog, when we undertake public performances.


Previous Performances



Sing for Water Cardiff    Sun. May 31st 2015


This was a spectacular outdoor concert of around 40 choirs coming together to perform a shared repertoire of songs from around the World, whilst raising money for the vital work of WaterAid. Plus at least 25 mini concerts with choirs, drummers & musicians performing non-stop around Mermaid Quay and on the Wales Millennium Centre Glanfa Stage. 





 'The Events'    Sat. March 22nd 2014   


The Events is a brand new play by renowned Scottish writer, David Greig. Commissioned by Actors Touring Company this is a major work exploring themes of community and its ability to adjust. This daring new play asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity.  At the heart of the story is Claire, a priest who runs a community choir that has tragically been the target of a mass shooting. Claire manages to narrowly survive; shocked and bereft she seeks out how someone could do such a terrible thing. David Greig has written a text that explores the dynamic between someone who wants to leave their mark on the world in a terrible and unforgettable way and someone who wants to understand, to empathise and to heal.

One of the ways that Claire has for coming to terms with what happened is to lead a series of rehearsals with her choir of specially chosen music to aid the healing process. The songs in this play relate to those rehearsals and chart Claire’s journey towards understanding while referring to a whole range of spiritual music: traditional hymns; contemporary spiritual minimalism; rave music (representing the spiritual experience that some people experience in the dance tent at Glastonbury); "Om"; improvised keening; chanting (related to Hinduism); and, gospel music. The choir is an intricate part of the play, sometimes representing the community, sometimes spectators and sometimes like a Greek chorus.



The Caucasian Chalk Circle  5th – 8th December, 2013



      A play about a community torn apart brings together final year students of the TFTS department and members of the Heartsong choir, in a collaborative performance project led by Joan Mills and TFTS alumni Timothy Howe. This production was an exciting blend of contemporary storytelling and traditional Georgian song.

      The city burns in the heat of civil war and a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. But when peace is finally restored, the boy’s mother comes to claim him. Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, a comical judge sets about resolving the dispute. But in a culture of corruption and deception, who wins?

Written by the grand master of storytelling, Bertolt Brecht, and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is one of the greatest plays of the last century. This lively translation by Alistair Beaton is a fluent yet faithful rendering of this satirical masterpiece. This translation was first produced by Shared Experience in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse in 2009.





July 6th 2013 at the Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth

Heartsong organised a special, one day event of singing in glorious harmony. The day included a day time workshop and an evening concert.  The workshop was led by one of the UK's leading harmony trios, Craig, Morgan and Robson and was a chance to learn some new songs as well as tips on vocal technique and group, harmony singing. The evening concert included performances by Heartsong Choir and Craig, Morgan and Robson.



For further information about CMR visit their website at www.cmr-harmony.org.uk  

or to hear samples of their singing in the attached clips:


 

Sarah Morgan's Viva Performance

A concert organised by Moira and Carolyn of CMR,  in support of Sarah's PhD which she was due to finish this summer.
 It's a short concert with songs that we know and a great tribute to her.






Amnesty International UK

Concert for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary, 15th December,2012 : in the Tabernacl in Machynlleth


The focus of the event was to bring choirs together in a low pressure performance event, enjoy each others company and music, and to remember and help people whose lives are devasted by injustice. We also raised a
substantial amount for Amnesty.

Heartsong  performed 3 songs on their own, and others either with another choir or as part of the massed sing. 

The choirs learned some joint repertoire, so that, at certain points in the evening the whole Tabernacl was filled by a giant choir, raising the roof with gorgeous harmonies.

THE CHOIRS

1.  THE AMNESTY CHOIR – Machynlleth

     (Specially assembled for this occasion)

2.  MACHAPELLA – Machynlleth

3.  HEARTSONG – Aberystwyth

4.  SWNION – Dolgellau

5.  TUESDAY SINGERS – Machynlleth

6.  CÔR GOBAITH – Aberystwyth

7.  CÔR Y GORS – Borth







Llangrannog's 10th Anniversary Concert: at Small World Theatre, Cardigan, 24th June,2011



performance on the Prom: for the Launch of the Wales Coast path, 5th May, 2011

 
 
 
 




We took part in the  Hwyl Fawr Frank Lloyd Wright event in Cardigan in 2010 along with Llangrannog choir. (A short film of the 7 hour concert can be seen from the above link). 

You can listen to the songs from our part of the performance here Sound and Songs.


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