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Abergaveny’s male a cappella close harmony chorus Synergy recently travelled to Torquay to compete in The Majestic Tour Choir Contest, a Male Voice Choir contest including some of the largest, most celebrated and oldest choirs in England such as Warrington Male Voice Choir from Lancashire and The Colne Valley Choir from Yorkshire.


Synergy - Abergaveny’s male a cappella close harmony chorus

Synergy - Abergaveny’s male a cappella close harmony chorus

Synergy as Wales’ only representatives in the contest under the direction of musical directors Andrew Walker and Martin Flory and with only 21 singers on stage produced a package of six songs in their own inimitable style ranging from Gospel opener ‘No More Sorrow’ to traditional ‘Myfanwy’. The contrast of soft ballads and upbeat animated songs ‘Orange Coloured Sky’ and the humorous ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ pleased the judges.

Proving size isn’t everything the judges Peter Davies and Gareth Churcher decided there is a place for quality over quantity and scored Synergy 88 out of 100 placing them in second place and one point behind winners, The Warrington Male Voice Choir. The Bournemouth Male Voice Choir came third.

This year is a very busy year for Synergy who rehearse at Abergavenny Rugby Club at 7.30 each Thursday evening. A CD is to be produced this summer and in the autumn the chorus will be running its second ‘Learn To Sing’ course open to would-be male singers including a concert. Funding for this has recently been acquired from Abergavenny Town Council. Details of dates and venue for this have yet to be finalised but there will be further publicity soon.

Synergy are always looking to add to their numbers and any men who are interested are welcome to come along to rehearsals any Thursday. Further details of the chorus are available at .

Synergy are available for hire for all sorts of functions and recently performed at the wedding of Welsh Rugby International Lee Byrne and ITV presenter Andrea Benfield. Their a cappella style benefits from no need for accompaniment making them flexible to perform easily in any environment.


Contribution by Jim Aitken

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