Press Releases

Below are copies of our press releases.

15 April 2024

Allegra Choir - Six Nations Here We Come!

"Newport’s multiple award-winning ladies’ choir, Allegra, are looking forward to the ladies’ Six Nations match between Wales and Italy on Saturday April 27th - but not just to support the rugby players. The choir has been chosen to sing the usual rugby match songs and the pre-match national anthems of Wales and Italy.

Allegra’s chairman, Angela Hiscocks said: ‘Many of us are avid rugby fans and we are all extremely excited to be invited to sing alongside Richard William Singers, Cor Persian and Cor Canna - all female voices - accompanied by the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh. As the women’s game gains momentum and moves for the first time to a programme after the men's games and to Cardiff’s prestigious Principality Stadium, it's an absolute honour to be part of this 'first'. There is much learning of Welsh and Italian lyrics going on and we can’t wait to be part of the occasion in such an iconic venue! So listen out for us at the match, or catch us in concert in St Woolos' Cathedral on June 22nd.'


23 March 2024

"Multiple award-winning locally-based ladies’ choir, Allegra, will be performing at St Woolos Cathedral on Saturday June 27th, with one of the UK’s finest choirs, Jubilate from London, as guests. Allegra will be performing an eclectic mix of music from traditional, west-end musicals, chart hits and contemporary music to sacred music, and concert tickets are available from

Allegra recently won three trophies for first place in the Mid-Somerset Festival, and are honoured to have been invited to sing in the Principality Stadium on Saturday April 27th before the ladies’ Wales/Italy Six Nations match. If you can sing, (and we know many congregations are blessed with fine voices!), it’s therefore a great time to join the choir. Members are drawn from Newport and outlying areas, and should any of your parish think about joining Allegra, they will be warmly welcomed at Wednesday evening rehearsals at St Julian’s Baptist Church, Beaufort Road, Newport. Contact chairman Angela Hiscocks on 07828 572619 or for further information."

21 March 2024

Allegra Wins Again!

"Members of South Wales' award-winning female-voice choir, Allegra, are celebrating more success at the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath. Against stiff competition, they were praised by the adjudicator as being 'outstanding' and 'exceptional'.

Allegra's Musical Director, Robert T Elliott, himself a well-known adjudicator in contests across the UK, said: 'I could not be more proud of Allegra. Competing against some of the finest choral groups around, they delivered of their very best and the rewards were reaped as they brought home no fewer than three winners' trophies. In addition, our talented accompanist, Lucy Fflur Jones, was deservedly singled out for praise. It was a great day for all concerned.'

Allegra's Chairman Angela Hiscocks added: 'Participating in contests keeps us on our toes! We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at St Julian's Baptist Church, Newport, and welcome any prospective new members who would like to come along, whether they are experienced performers or beginners. If you can sing, now is a great time to join us!'

Members of the public have an opportunity to hear Allegra singing at the forthcoming concert 'Women in Song 2', guest featuring one of the country’s finest choirs, Jubilate, from London, in St Woolos' Cathedral, Newport, on Saturday June 22nd. Tickets are selling fast at only £12.50, but some are still available from"

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