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UK: Cancer Challenge Singers impress with Welsh renditions                   
By Sasha Regehr - December 1, 2006

Retiring music teacher stages final triumph in support of her cancer charity

Neath, UK - Distinguished musician and teacher Joan Lewis upstaged all her previous charity concerts on November 15 at Gwyn Hall, Wales. Her choir, Cancer Challenge Singers, kicked off the evening’s events, performing popular world music and Welsh folk songs and including strong performances by soprano soloist Ros Evans and tenor soloist Aled Hall. The Bridgend Male Choir led the second half of the concert. Lewis conducted the Cancer Challenge Singers, a choir that has grown to sixty-five members since its formation in 1999 with only twelve singers. All concert benefits went to Lewis’ Neath & Port Talbot Cancer Charity, which buys life-saving cancer equipment for local hospitals. Since it began nearly ten years ago, the charity and choir have raised £500,000 and judging from its enthusiastic reception this year, Lewis’ last outing was a resounding success.

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