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Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir celebrate Christmas at Oystermouth Castle

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

By Liz Perkins

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A CHOIR has been singing out in celebration of Christmas for the first time at a Swansea Castle.

Members of Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir took part in the special festive performances at Oystermouth Castle to entertain visitors.

They sung a whole host of traditional Christmas songs, including Silent Night and O' Come All Ye Faithful.

Linda Jones, secretary of the choir, said it was a big success.

She added: "It was absolutely phenomenal.

"People were able to join in at the choir concert and listen.

"They had the opportunity to buy mulled wine — it was very festive and very enjoyable.

"The castle is magnificent — it's a brilliant place for singing, you do get back the reverberations.

"There were about 80 people who went along for the first performance at 4.30pm and 70 at the second performance at 6pm. There were people clapping and joining in."

They took part in the concert alongside Briton Ferry Silver Band.

Gorseinon-based Mrs Jones said the event also helped to encourage people to go along to the Swansea attraction.

She said: "It was a good event as the local authority was promoting something on our doorstep. I never usually go to the castle but it's lovely."

Concert

The amateur singers who first formed into a choir back in 1941 raise cash for charity through their concerts which are held twice a year.

On Thursday, December 6, they held a fundraising concert at All Souls Church in Tycoch in aid of the Forget-Me-Not Clubs.

The choir are made up of 45 women aged between 30 and 80.

Mrs Jones added: "We have raised more than £40,000 for charity."

Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir meets every Monday at Sketty Primary School to rehearse between 7pm and 9pm.

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