40th Anniversary Concert. The Great Hall, University of Swansea. 19th October 2019

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October 31, 2019
This year the Choir celebrated their 40th Anniversary. It was decided to celebrate this special occasion with a  concert at The Great Hall, University of Swansea. Wheels were put in motion which culminated in Guest Artistes BLAKE and Compere Sian LLoyd accepting our invitation to celebrate the evening with us to a sell out audience and what an evening it turned out to be.

BLAKE comprise of 3 young men who enthral fans the world over with their amazing singing, hit albums and charismatic stage presence and are renowned for performing classical and pop songs. With over a million albums sold, No 1 hits in ten countries and nearly 150 TV appearances around the globe, BLAKE continue to build their reputation as one of today’s most electric and exciting classical ‘crossover’ groups.

Sian Lloyd is a national TV presenter,experienced awards host and conference chair. A well-known journalist and broadcaster, Sian has presented Breakfast (BBC One). The news slot on Andrew Marr and is a correspondent for BBC network news and also works across other genres. Sian began her TV and Radio career in Wales presenting BBC Wales Today and the drive-time radio programme Good Evening Wales and still regularly works in radio, for Radio 4’s Today and PM programmes.

The First half of The Programme started off with our usual Congregational Hymn ‘Blaenwern’ (Calon Lan), followed by the Choir singing:
Gwahoddiad,
You Raise Me Up,
O Gymru (Soloist Huw Roberts)
 I Bwy Y Perthyn Mawl which was sung in the choir’s first Annual Concert.

Followed by BLAKE with their amazing singing off:
Somewhere,
She,
Casing Cars,
Maria,
Hallelujah,
Hymne a l’Amour.

Again the Choir with:
Tell My Father (Soloist Huw Roberts and Guest Violinist Claire Holt)
One Day I’ll Fly Away.
O Fab Y Dyn. (Arranged and Composed by a friend of the choir Eric Jones)

To end the first half. The Choir and BLAKE joined to sing:
You’ll Never Walk Alone, and Anthem From Chess.

The Second half started with:
Sanctus,
Mambo Italiano. (Guest Instrumentalist Richard Vaughn)

Followed by The Chairman’s Address and Presentation of Long Service Awards to those choristers who have served the choir for 40 years.
David Mathews, Morlais Williams, John Harris, Gerald Sandford, Haydn Madoc and Huw James.

The special award of Life Member was awarded to our Choir soloist Huw Roberts, a member of the Bass section who has been in the Choir for 36 years. He has served on the committee for over twenty years and has been the Choir Chairman on two occasions 2003 t0 2006 and 2015 to 2018 and is currently the Choir Marshal. A well deserved award.

Our congratulations to you all.

The next section was a tribute to the Choristers who are no longer with us. 
Anfonaf Angel. (Soloist Huw Roberts and Guest Violinist Claire Holt)
Tears In Heaven.   Arranged by our M.D. D.Huw Rees.
Music Of The Night.

BLAKE continued their second section with:
Nella Fantasia.
The Impossible Dream.
Bring Him Home.
Nessun Dorma
Time to say Goodbye.

Followed by the Choir singing:
Bui Doi. (arr: D. Huw Rees)
Diolch I’r Ior. (Soloist Huw Roberts)
This is the Moment. (arr: D. Huw Rees)

The Choir and BLAKE
One Voice. (arr: D. Huw Rees)

And to end the concert the congregation and Choir in: Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

Also thank you to our Guest Organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE for his continued support throughout the evening.

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