The Great Christmas Festival 10/12/2017
An invitation to join the John Hywel Williams choirs always ensures an excellent occasion, and this Christmas Festival filled the Brangwyn’s stage seating to capacity with performers. In addition to his Hywel Girls’ Choir, Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Celtis and Llanelli Choral Society, he had amassed a large primary school choir from the Llanelli/Kidwelly/Burry Port/Ammanford areas, calling it ‘Singcredible’.
With accompanist Jane Jewel, guest organist Huw Tregelles Williams, percussionists Gareth Hamlin and Graham Bradley, trumpeter Jac Thomas, all their performances were extremely highly polished, with even the youngest 7-year-old singers giving their all and making a beautiful cohesive sound. It is to John Hywel Williams’ credit that he is able to coach and control so many young people to produce such excellence. It is no wonder that they are so keenly sought-after for stage and television events. Their programme for 2018 already includes many prestigious events.
Our own contributions were very well received by the near-capacity audience. We were conducted by D. Huw Rees with Huw Tregelles Williams at the organ, and our Deputy Accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard stepping in at short notice, even after playing at an earlier concert in Cardiff.
Baritone Gary Griffiths has been guest artist at one of our annual concerts, so it was good to hear his rich voice again as he sang a varied programme which included the Austrian carol Still, Still, Still, and a couple of Handel arias. He was accompanied on piano AND organ (but not simultaneously!) by the ubiquitous Huw Tregelles Williams.
We come away from many concerts saying “this was a night to remember”, and this Festival certainly fell into that category.