Swansea Festival of Remembrance

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November 12, 2017
It was fitting that this Festival fell on the exact date of Armistice Day, the 11th day of the 11th month.
Less than two weeks since we sang it at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, we reprised “Mansions Of The Lord”, but this time with accompaniment from Hywel Evans at the piano.
The Brangwyn Hall was packed for this Remembrance Day concert and service, with contributions from the City of Swansea Concert Band, City of Swansea Pipe Band, 215 Squadron RAFAC Corps of Drums, Cadet Warrant Officer Josh Carter (who read the poem “In Flanders Fields”), Dancerama, and soloist Keely Morgan, who will also be singing with us in the Welsh Association of Male Choirs’ massed choirs concert in the Albert Hall in May 2018.
The Corps of Drums should have had a health and safety warning as they enthralled us with their rythmical offerings, and the young people of Dancerama sang beautifully, with outstanding soloists among their number.
Our other contributions were “World In Union”, and “The Holy City”, in which we were joined by Keely Morgan, whose own rendition of “Finlandia” was well received.
The traditional service of remembrance was conducted by Rev. Lionel Hopkins MBE, and presentations were made by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan Byron Lewis KSTJ. The evening was again compered seamlessly by Brian Sullivan.
We thank organiser Phil Flower MBE, British Legion Community Fund Raiser for South Wales, for the opportunity to take part in the city’s tribute to the fallen, which was particularly relevant to the choir, as it followed on so soon after our own emotional visit to Flanders.

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