Gates Open - 3.30pm
Hawthorn High School Envirovision
The Pendyrus Male Voice Choir
Darren Edwards & Dave Williams
Shan Cothi & Martha O'Neil
Only Men Aloud
Curfew - 9.30pm
While the girls will be rocking the park on Saturday, Sunday sees the ‘boys’ come to town to entertain all in this FREE concert!
Winners of BBC’s ‘Last Choir Standing,’ Only Men Aloud headline the final night of Ponty’s Big Weekend in what promises to be a spectacular musical feast for all that are lucky enough to get a ticket.
Formed in 2000 through the hard work of Tim Rhys-Evans - Only Men Aloud immediately stood out from the crowd in what is a hugely competitive arena of Welsh choirs. With just 20 members aged between 19 and 42, the choir’s music and choreography mean performances are appealing to all. Their repertoire ranges from early chant through to pop songs and musical theatre via opera, sacred music, folk songs and a 20th Century male choir programme – therefore there is something for every individual’s taste.
Only Men Aloud who are deservedly soaring at the moment following their superb winning appearances on the inaugural TV show with sell out shows across the UK and performances across the Atlantic are sure to wow audiences in the beautiful surroundings of Pontypridd’s Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
This is a free, yes that’s right a FREE TICKETED event.
Shan is an experienced Welsh media star, who has hosted her own music series for S4C as well as her own series for BBC Radio Wales – ‘Cothi’s Classics.’ Most recently she was selected to perform Carlotta in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in London’s West End.
Fans attending Ponty’s Big Weekend 2009 on Sunday 19th July are in for a treat as Shan is classically trained and is equally at home singing opera, operatta and oratorio, and is therefore likely to showcase her talents with a range of different music, from opera to musical theatre to traditional Welsh songs.
Her bubbly personality and ability to relate to any audience is likely to get the Pontypridd crowd involved in what is undoubtedly going to be a fun-packed and highly entertaining day.
British musical theatre actor John Owen-Jones is best known for his portrayals of Jean Valjean in Alain Boubil & Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Les Miserables and of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
Such was John’s brilliance in these roles, in 2006 he was named the best ever Valjean and best ever Les Miserables performer in a poll of fans of the show, while as the Phantom, the Daily Mail quoted him as being “better than all the talented actors who proceeded him in the role.”
With performances in the West End, Broadway and numerous concerts throughout the UK and around the world John is sure to entertain the crowd on Sunday 19th July.
Our host for the Sunday event will be none other than standup comedian and local boy done well, enthusiastic entertainer - Chris Corcoran. Chris, a seasoned pro on the comedy circuit has worked with the likes of Rob Brydon, Max Boyce and Rhod Gilbert, as well writing and presenting programmes for BBC Wales, BBC 4, CBBC, BBC Radio 4, CBeebies Radio, LBC Radio and BBC Radio Wales.
After successfully hosting last year’s inaugural Ponty’s Big Weekend and bringing a touch of laughter to the event, Chris is back, much to the delight of the Pontypridd crowd. Chris, a twice BAFTA nominated children’s TV presenter is always proud to be part of events in his county and never more so than in the fantastic surroundings of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd.
Born and bred in Pontypridd, James will be coming home to perform at Ponty’s Big Weekend. Having appeared on our TV screens by reaching the final 24 on X Factor 2008, where he performed in front of his mentor Dannii Minogue and the millions of viewers watching on, James will look to thoroughly entertain the Pontypridd crowd.
The talented and versatile artist was born to perform so get ready to hear ‘Musical Theatre,’ ‘Big Ballards’ and ‘Anthems’ as James’ powerful voice delivers each number in his own distinctive style.
By the time James has finished he will have left the audience feeling uplifted and undoubtedly wanting to hear more.
Welsh singer/song writer Daz Edwards (former lead singer with ‘Big Wide World’ and currently writing and recording with ‘Coolhand’) joins forces with Dave Williams (guitar player with well respected blues outfit ‘Blue Traffic’) to bring to Ponty a mix of favourite tunes that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone.
Both Daz and Dave have earned the respect of their peers over the years, Daz with his undeniably distinctive voice providing vocals for many productions over the years and Dave for his outright ability on guitar, putting him right up there with some of the countries best.
This newly formed partnership looks like one to be savoured and not missed, therefore fans at Ponty’s Big Weekend are in for a real treat.
This male voice choir from the Rhondda area are steeped with proud heritage and passion to perform, emphasised by the fact that they are the only Welsh choir to have been invited to the prestigious Aldeburgh Festival.
Formed in 1924, Pendyrus Male Choir has maintained much of its traditional repertoire but has also achieved an enviable reputation for broadening its horizons. Due to its wide-ranging array of songs and musical pieces, the choir has been invited to perform with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and a number of highly recognised international soloists on a several occasions, under the direction of distinguished conductors.
Having performed at all the major venues throughout the British Isles as well as undertaking extensive tours abroad, Pontypridd and the crowds at the Big Weekend on Sunday 19th July will be in for a real treat.
Jay, a 16 year old from Llantwit Fardre is no stranger to the limelight and performing. He has starred in various television programmes including Casualty and Doctor Who, as well as entertaining audiences at the Urdd Eisteddfod, representing both his primary school (Castellau) and secondary school (Garth Olwg).
However to date this charismatic 16 year old’s main achievement has been reaching the last 48 on the coveted X Factor in 2008. Here Jay wowed the judges with his performances of big band favourites such as ‘Mr Bojangles’ and ‘That’s Life.’
Martha O’Neil is an 11 year old from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, who over the last two years has performed in several prestigious events throughout Wales, appearing as a soloist and musical theatre performer.
Following her performance alongside West End star Peter Karrie in the musical ‘The Contender,’ Karrie described her voice as “remarkable for one so young” with “a great future lying ahead of her.”
Following her runner up achievement in the 2008 national competition ‘Can You Sing’ for 8–16 year olds, Martha is surely one to watch for the future, but here’s Pontypridd’s chance to get a glimpse of her unique talent at Ponty’s Big Weekend 2009.
The V Factor was a new and exciting talent project proudly funded by E3+ and a Heads of the Valleys programme grant. These 3 acts emerged as outstanding young performers and are delighted at the opportunity to perform as part of Ponty’s Big Weekend.
‘Tiger Rox,’ known as Sophy Shillam to her friends at Treorchy Comprehensive School enjoyed huge success as a music winner at the V Factor contest. Sophy has gone on to spark interest at music label Sony BMG to whom she recently performed for by invitation.
Lauren Shields and Mason Pring, students of Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School, were also highlighted as outstanding acts at the Contest. Judges Marcquelle Ward (‘BB’ of ITV’s series Britannia High) and Richard Mylan (BBC’s ‘Coupling’ and ‘Belonging’) were keen to express their thoughts on the outstanding ability that these young performers displayed, commenting that they were “as good as professionals on the West End stage right now.”