Cor Tabernacl Bridgend, together with members of Bridgend Town Twinning Association, recently visited Villenave d’Ornon, a suburb of Bordeaux, for a Festival of “European Days”. The choir had been invited to sing at the Festival along with musicians from Germany and Portugal. The Bridgend choir showcased Welsh music including some of the Sacred Songs by Karl Jenkins, Welsh hymns and folksongs and an arrangement of The Lord bless you and keep you composed by their conductor Mr. Matthew Nash. Their accompanist for the concerts was Mr. Glenn Crooks.

The choir sang on two occasions, both at “Le Cube”, one for the delegation parties of the countries taking part and the second for the citizens of Villenave d’Ornon. Both concerts were well attended and the choir’s contribution delighted the audiences. Speeches were made by the Mayors of the towns and gifts were exchanged.

During their stay in France the Choir visited beautiful Bordeaux, with its monuments, bridges and architectural splendour. With temperatures in excess of 30 degrees F members took the Tourist bus or a city walk to find out more about the history of this ancient port. Another visit took them to St. Emilion, a famous and fabulous medieval town renowned for its exceptional wine. The miles and miles of exquisite vineyards all around are a testament to the care shown in producing wine of this quality. Other excursions enabled the choir to visit the Medoc and Archachon.

The tour had been organised between the Twinning Associations of Bridgend and Villenave d’Ornon. This Association with Villenave has been in place now for over twenty years and during that time close friendships have developed between our citizens. In September last, a delegation was received there to promote tourism in Bridgend and Wales, through a Trade Forum. In March 2017, Dawnswyr Penybont visited and performed for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations and in April our Student Exchange proved very successful.

While in Villenave the members of the Choir and delegates were wined and dined and received an enormous welcome by their Town Twinning Group. Many thanks must go to their Mayor, Patrick Pujol, to Joel Reynaud, Chair of Jumelage and also Gerd Kammler for their organisational skills to enable this event to run so smoothly. It surely was no easy task to co-ordinate concerts, accommodation, excursions and meals for representatives of six different European countries.

Bridgend Town Twinning Association is a friendly and forward thinking group which is always looking for new members with new ideas. If you would like to join us to continue our links with Europe please contact our secretary, Mrs Madeleine Walters, on 02920892011 or click here to Contact Us to find out about our activities and meetings. You do not need to speak a foreign language, only be interested in other countries and cultures. We would love to have more young people to come on board, so please come along to one of our meetings at Carnegie House sometime. We need the next generation to keep our links with Europe – BREXIT or not !!!