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Talgarth Male Choir’s Journey to the Albert Hall

After their participation in the Massed Male Choir Concert in Cardiff, a fundraiser for Prostate Cymru, marked the beginning of an adventurous endeavor that combines music and sport in a unique way.

For one choir member, Andy Dix, the rehearsals for the concert presented an opportunity to merge his two interests, singing and cycling.

Living in Hay-on-Wye, he decided to cycle to the rehearsal venues across South East Wales.

Following the success of the Cardiff concert, the choir swiftly moved on to prepare for their next big performance: the Festival of Welsh Male Voices at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.

Inspired by their previous cycling adventures, the idea of cycling to London for the performance took root.

What started as a personal endeavor soon blossomed into a collective effort, with two fellow choir members joining the ambitious cyclist.

Together, they committed to cycling the 268km journey from Talgarth Rugby Club, the choir’s home, to the Royal Albert Hall, aiming to arrive in time for rehearsals and the main event on April 27th.

Despite not having ridden together previously, the trio embarked on weekly training rides.

In addition to their musical and cycling endeavors, the trio brings a unique blend of professions and interests to their journey.

Andy is also the owner of Twmpa Cycles, will be riding one of his own handcrafted wooden bikes.

Dermot, the manager at Whitney Sawmills, plays a crucial role in the cyclist’s business, supplying the timber used in crafting these bespoke bicycles.

Meanwhile, Andrew Giles, a dairy farmer, is providing fresh milk for their post ride coffees.

Their journey is not only about reaching the final destination but also about raising funds and awareness for a cause close to their hearts.

Prostate Cymru has no national or government funding. It relies on the kindness and generosity of fundraisers to fulfill its core aims of funding innovation, raising awareness, and improving equipment in Wales.

We would like to say a huge thank you and good luck to the cyclists!

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