36th Annual Concert at Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston. 18/05/2019
Saturday 18th May 2019
36th Annual Concert, Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston
Our special guests for our 36th Annual Concert were Iona Jones, Soprano and Trystan Llyr Griffith, Tenor
Iona Jones is in frequent demand both on the concert platform and as an oratorio performer. As a guest soloist, Iona has toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.
Welsh tenor Trystan Llyr Griffiths is quickly making his mark on the International Opera Stage, having worked with Opera National de Lorraine, Zurich Opera, Scotish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. We were thrilled when they both accepted out invitation to entertain us at our Annual Concert this year.
This year we also had a Guest Violinist Claire Holt who is an accomplished musician and experienced Instrumental teacher. Claire has gone on to complete tours of America and Scotland with the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra. In 1977 Claire became a peripatetic teacher with the West Glamorgan Music Service (now Swansea Music Unit) and is also co-leader of a successful local children’s orchestra called Fiddlesticks.
With our Musical Director D. Huw Rees BMus (Hons) PGCE and Assistant Musical Director Helen Wyn BMus (Hons) conducting, Rhiannon Pritchard BMus (Hons) accompanist, and Clive Williams at the chapel’s organ, we sang 16 pieces from our repertoire, including “You raise me up” (violinist Claire Holt), “The Holy City” (soloist Iona Jones), “Anfonaf Angel” (soloist Huw Roberts) and “Tell my father” (soloist Huw Roberts, violinist Claire Holt) We also sang “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton which was arranged for us by our own MD. D.Huw Rees in memory of past choristers of MRFCMC.
A special mention to Clive Williams who was a late change to the programme. Clive very kindly and expertly stepped in to play the organ for us at very short notice and for Rhiannon who played the piano all evening for the Choir and Guests without a break. The Choir and Musical staff thank you both.
A few words about our Choir Soloist Huw Roberts. Huw is a member of the Bass section and has been in the choir for 36 years having joined in 1983. He has served on the committee for over twenty years and has been the the Choir Chairman on two occasions. Huw is currently the Choir Marshal and held in high regard by the choir (but don’t tell him).
Our compère for the evening was Garry Owen. Garry is one of the most familiar faces and voices in Wales, an award winning journalist with BBC Wales. He presents his own daily news lunchtime phone in programme, Tarro’r Post on BBC Radio Cymru and is part of the team of presenters on the BBC Wales today Television news programme. Garry carried off the evening with his usual charm.
A big thank you must go to our Musical Team , D. Huw Rees, Helen Wyn, Rhiannon Pritchard and Hywel Evans for all their their effort and dedication to the choir thus ensuring the concert became the success it was. It is very much appreciated.
Thank you all.
J. Layton Watkins Schools Choral Competition 11/04/2019
Three lower Swansea Valley primary schools took part in the final of our 6th annual competition in Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston to win the J. Layton Watkins Trophy and £200. Adjudicator Huw Tregelles Williams OBE praised all the schools, their teachers and families for helping the choirs reach an excellent standard. Although there was hardly anything to choose between first and third places. Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lon Las (conductor Enfys Rees) was eventually awarded the trophy. The other schools Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tan-y-lan and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school received a plaque and £50.
While adjudicators D. Huw Rees, Eric Jones and Huw Tregelles Williams were deliberating, Morriston RFC Male Choir sang Tears in Heaven and All I ask of you, conducted by Deputy Musical Director Helen Wyn and accompanied by Hywel Evans.
It had been a privilege to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the children, most of whom had never been in such an awe-inspiring building before. Our hope and intention is that experiences such as this will encourage them to perpetuate a love of music as they progress through the education system and beyond.
A Night of Great Voices Charity Gala Concert. St Catherine’s, Goseinon 23/03/2019
We were again pleased to be invited to join the Hywel Girl’s Choir and Angelicus Celtis in a celebration of music in aid of the very worth while Charity “Swansea Foodbank”. This charity is close to the heart of the concert organiser Gorseinon Mayor Cllr Jan Curtis.
To a very near sell out audience The Hywel Girl’s Choir started the evening with 4 numbers. “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, “Pie Jesu” from Requiem, “Stabat Mater” from Stabat Mater and “Y Delyn Aur”.
2nd Section “Panis Angelicus”, “Benedictus” and “Climb Ev’ry Moutain”.
All conducted by their Director John Hywel Williams. With accompanist Jane Jewel, guest organist Huw Tregelles Williams, percussionists Gareth Hamlin.
Morriston RFC Male Choir sang in three sections starting with an audience favorite “Gwahoddiad” followed by “Anfonaf Angel” (Soloist Huw Roberts). and “I Bwy Y Perthin Mawl”.
2nd Section “Sanctus”, “All I ask of you”, “Diolch i’r Ior”.
(Soloist Huw Roberts).
Lastly “Tears in Heaven” and “O Gymru” (Soloist Huw Roberts).
All conducted by MD D Huw Rees with accompanist Hywel Evans and guest organist Huw Tregelles Williams.
Angelicus Celtis joined the celebrations and sang 7 songs in two sections. A selection from the “Ceremony of Carols”, “Ava Maria”, “When I fall in love”, “He was Beautiful”, “Angelicus Adoremus” and “Jerusalem”.
All performances by The Hywel Girl’s Choir and Angelicus Celtis were extremely highly polished, giving their all and making a beautiful cohesive sound. It was a pleasure to listen to such wonderful voices.
The evening concluded as usual with all performers and audience joining for the National Anthem.
Thank you to St Catherine’s for the refreshments after the concert. Very much appreciated.
St David’s Day Concert for Marie Curie 01/03/2019
A St David’s Day combined charity concert with Morriston Ladies Choir. Also starring guest artists Catrin Eluned Jones a Singer/Actress and Dafydd Mills Baritone/Bass. An excellent evening of music by all. Both Musical Directors Huw Rees and Anthoney Williams got into the spirit of the evening by wearing their Welsh Rugby shirts.
Anthony has been associated with the Morriston Ladies Choir since 1974 becoming their Musical Director in 1976.
Huw Rees has been associated with Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir since 1990 when he became the Choir’s accompanist. He was appointed its Musical Director in January 2004. All proceeds of the concert to Marie Curie.
“Festival of Carols” St John’s Church, Gowerton 17/12/2018
“Nine Lessons and Carols” at Tabernacle Church 13/12/2018
The service was opened by the minister of Tabernacle Jill-Hailey Harris and then with a congregational carol “Once in Royal David’s City.
This was followed by “Tabernacle Morriston Choir” with “Past Three A Clock” and “Sussex Carol”. During the evening there were nine lessons read with one of those being read by our chairman Paul Baker. The second choir to entertain us was “Morriston Ladies Choir” with “December Child” and “Deck The Hall” followed by an enthusiastic congregation singing “The First Nowell”
Soloist: Teresa Hacche also entertained the audience. There were also selected items from” C0r Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lon Las” and
“St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School Choir” who made the evening a memorable event.
“Morriston RFC Male Choir” sang “Stille Nacht” and “Brenin Y Ser” with soloist “Helen Wyn” who stepped in at the last moment. (Well done Helen). All choirs joined to sing a favorite “O Holy Night” and the evening was brought to a close with a congregational carol “O Come All Ye Faithful”
We thank Tabernacle for the traditional Christmas mince pies and mulled wine in the vestry after the service. Very much appreciated.
“A Concert with Carols” 08/12/2018
We were conducted by Helen Wyn and accompanied by Hywel Evans. we sang mostly seasonal songs, with Huw Roberts the soloist in
O Gymru, Anfonaf Angel and Brenin y Sêr.
The concert also included Carey Beor and Julian Quirk who sang and played Guitar and Mandolin. Also joining them was our very own Stuart Loosemore who played Bass Guitar. Their first two songs were River and Monkey-Town and second session appropriate for the season I believe in Father Christmas and Stop the Cavalry.
Our Secretary Robert Harwood compered the evening and encouraged the audience to join in all the carols although he was feeling a
It was a wonderful lead-in to Christmas week, and we thank The Friends of Pellergare for the refreshments in the Llewelyn Hall after the concert. Why not take a stroll through the woods to blow away cobwebs during the holiday period? Their coffee shop will sustain you!