J. Layton Watkins Memorial Concert, 16/06/2017
Our much-loved General Secretary J. Layton Watkins was also former Chairman and current Secretary of the Welsh Association of Male Choirs (WAMC), and following his untimely death in January the Association decided to hold a concert celebrating and appreciating his contribution to the world of male choirs in Wales and further afield.
With his ever-supportive widow Gwen and son Jason in the large audience, it was an emotional and moving evening. Ffion Edwards and Aaron Pryce-Lewis are two young singers who owe a large part of their success to the Association’s promotion of up and coming singers, a project close to Layton’s heart, so it was appropriate that they should perform in his honour tonight.
With our MD D. Huw Rees, pianist Hywel Evans and organist Huw Tregelles Williams we played our part in tribute to our very good friend and mentor, although it was not easy to sing with a lump in one’s throat.
Huw Tregelles Williams is President of the Choir and WAMC, and he gave a typically eloquent tribute to Layton, whom he knew so well. Jason responded with his own tribute and thanks to all concerned.
The welcome address and closing prayer were given by the Rector of St David’s Church, Canon Stephen Ryan.
WAMC is grateful to all the representatives from its member choirs who attended in support of the event, which raised £1,195 for Macmillan Cancer Care through a retiring collection. The photo shows from L-R: Richard Howells (WAMC Vice Chairman), Hilary Jenkins and Marilyn Evans of the Macmillan Daffodil Group and Ellis Davies (Association Chairman).