“Festival of Carols” St John’s Church, Gowerton 17/12/2018

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We were invited to take part in the “Festival of Carols” Christmas concert at St John’s church in Gowerton this year. The concert was our last formal concert for 2018.  There were 5 choirs along with other performers taking part in this celebration which showed off the talent and commitment of the people in the local area. Christmas is a wonderful time of year and the Christmas spirit worked it’s magic among the choirs and audience as the evening went on. The evening started with a welcome to the church by the Reverand Alex Pye followed by the congregational carol “O Come all Ye Faithfull” A list of the evening events is as follows. 1. A reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas was read by Barry Evans. 2. Soloist- “Millie Colebrook” accompanied by “Joan Lewis” gave us “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. 3. St John’s Musical Players with 3 items “Mary had a baby”. a Christmas     spiritual. Soloists- Alison Sandy and Betty Jones. Daeth Iesu o’i Gariad   Soloist- “Sian Smith” 4. Spiritual “I’m Gonna Ride a Chariot in the Morning Lord” Soloists- “Sian Smith, Ann Benjamin and Huw Roberts” 5. “Halleluiah” Ian Lewis, Geraint Williams and Joan Lewis” 6. “Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir” with 4 items. “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “Mary Did you Know”, “The Colours of Christmas” and “Twelve Songs of Christmas” 7. The Brass Ensemble played “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells” 8. “O Holy Night” Sang by Claire Allen Powell with Darryl Lewis on Cello. 9. “Cancer Challenge Singers” performed ” See the Morning Star”, “Somewhere in My Memories”, “The Most Wonderful birthday of all” with Accompanist Ian Lewis and Musical Director Geraint Williams. 10. “St John’s Sunday School” with “T’was the First Christmas Gift Ever Given” and “A Baby was Born in Bethlehem” 11. “Hands Together Singing Choir” who are a sign sing choir that use British Sign Language to sing songs. The choir signed 2 songs “Snow is Falling” and “See him Lying on a Bed of Straw” 12. Morriston RFC Male Choir concluded the performances for the evening with 3 carols “Son of Maria”, “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night in German) and Brenyn y Ser. Soloist- Huw Roberts. A wonderful evening of  music was brought to a close with the communal carol “Hark the Herald Angel Sing” and a blessing from the Reverand Alex Pye. A big thank you to St John’s church for the hospitality in the Church Hall, very much appreciated.                                                                           Merry Christmas and A Happy new Year to you all.

“Nine Lessons and Carols” at Tabernacle Church 13/12/2018

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We were once again invited to join in the celebration of Christmas at Tabernacle Church again this year. Sharing in the service were 4 other choirs and with congregation gave that “its nearly Christmas feeling”
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.

Huw Roberts takes to the Air in celebration of his 60th Birthday.

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“A Concert with Carols” 08/12/2018

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Again this year we were invited by The Friends Of Penllergare to help raise funds for the restoration and upkeep of Valley Woods and to get the Christmas season really under way. St. David’s church in Penllergaer was bursting at the seams, with all tickets sold in advance for what is becoming an annual event in the village.
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
little “Tents”.
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!

Holy Trinity Church, Felifoel 16/11/2018

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Friday 16th November 2018
Holy Trinity Church, Felinfoel.

We were pleased to accept the invitation to sing at Holy Trinity to help raise funds for the church. We have not sung in this part of the world for some time so it was a pleasure to be back. We sang to a near full church for an appreciative audience. The maestro D. Huw Rees again gave a sterling performance as did our accompanist Hywel Evans. We sang a good selection of songs from our repertoire with two of the songs “Tell my Father” and “O Gymru” led by our soloist Huw Roberts. We finished with a medley of songs from The First World War.

The concert also included four members of Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS) .
Established in 2013, LARS is an exciting group of talented young singers who are eager and ambitious to fulfill their potential and withe help and guidance take their talent to a broader audience. Accompanist for LARS was Catrin Hughes who teaches at Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade. 
Catrin is a trustee of LARS Charity and a Musical Advisor to the charity. It was a great pleasure to listen to these young people.
They artists were:
Daisy Owens
Who sang :      Ava Maria                                                Beyonce
                          Nella Fantasia                                         Ennio Morricone     
Jack Owens:
Who Sang:       Where’er You Walk                                Handel   
                           Empty Chairs and Empty Tables        From Les Miserables
Lauren Fisher
Who Sang:      That Man                                                   Caro Emerald
                          I’d Give My Life to You                           From Miss Saigon
Osian Clarke
Who Sang:      An Die Musik                                             Schubert
                          O Del Mio Doice Ardor                            Gluck

I f you want to know more about LARS please visit: www.loudapplauserisingstars.co.uk

A big Thank You also goes to the church for the refreshments put on after the concert. Very much appreciated.

Swansea Festivals of Remembrance 2018

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The Brangwyn Hall was packed for this special Remembrance Day Concert and Service marking the centenary of the end of The First World War, with contributions from the City of Swansea Concert Band, City of Swansea Pipe Band, 215 Squadron RAFAC Corps of Drums, Swansea Music Youth Choir “Choirworks” and Dancerama Performing Arts Group.
David John Ward “Ollie” (Veteran) who read the poem“The Day of the Poppy” left the audience in deep thought. Dancerama sang beautifully, with outstanding soloists among their number.
Swansea Music Youth Choir “Choirworks” entertained with the traditional hymn “Be still my Soul” and “Benedictus from the Armed Man”
It is wonderful to see all these young people coming to stage and performing.
Swansea Pipe Band raised the tempo and demonstrated their skills of piping and drumming. The Corps of Drums gave a wonderful display of their skills. It’s no wonder they are highly regarded.
Our first contribution was “Tell My Farther” Soloist Huw Roberts and a Medly of WW1 songs. We were joined by Gwawr Edwards for “Morte Criste” and“The Holy City” .
The traditional service of remembrance was conducted by Rev. Lionel Hopkins MBE DL, 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 of all conflicts.

We were invited by The Salvation Army to sing at the Remembrance Service in Morriston Park on Sunday morning. This was well attended considering the weather. A wreath was laid by our Chairman on behalf of the choir.

“Morriston Remembers” The Sacred Heart Center 19/10/2018

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An evening of music in a combined concert with Morriston Ladies Choir and featuring Rhydian Jenkins to remember the Morriston men who were lost during the Great War. Rhydian won the Aled Lloyd Davies Award in the Unawd Cerdd Dant Blue Ribbon Competition at this year’s National Eisteddfod. Proceeds from this concert will go to “Help for Heroes” charity.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Neath, 28/09/18

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This was our second concert for Ebenezer in Neath to help raise funds for Melin Infants School, and supporting local children.  We were joined by Gail Pearson – Soprano. Gail is a renowned Welsh Soprano who has divided her time between Operatic, Concert and teaching work and brings a wide range of repertoire, from baroque to contemporary. Also the children of the local Melin Primary School gave an accomplished performance.
We opened the concert and were followed by Melin Primary School and Gail Pearson all drawing appreciative applause from the capacity audience.
Our own performance was conducted by D. Huw Rees and accompanied by Hywel Evans. Huw Roberts our very own soloist sang Anfonaf Angel and O Gymru accompanied by the choir which brought a standing ovation from the wonderful audience. It was good to see that many of the young children and their families had stayed to listen to the performances, and we hope that nights like this will inspire them to keep singing as they progress through the education system and beyond.
The Choir would like to thank the ladies of the chapel for the fantastic buffet that we enjoyed after the concert, and we look forward to another invitation to sing for our supper!

World Wide Mother’s Union Concert, St Mary’s Church 18th September 2018.

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Tuesday 18th September 2018
World Wide Mothers’ Union Concert, St Mary’s Swansea.
 
 We were pleased to perform for the Mothers’ Union members from around the world who gathered in Swansea for their 2018 General meeting.
At short notice we were accompanied by Parti Llwchwr Ladies Choir who once again gave a wonderful performance. The Guest artist was Iona Jones a Soprano Soloist. Iona is a popular guest artist who has travelled extensively as a soloist with choirs, appearing in prestigious locations such as the Sydney Opera House and New York Carnegie Hall. We were also joined by Gethyn Rogers (a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr) on the violin in our version of “Tell My Father”. I’m sure we will see Gethyn again in the future.


A busy evening for our MD D. Huw Rees conducting, and accompanying at the piano. The Choir President Huw Tregellis Williams OBE accompanied at the church organ. Our Deputy Musical Director Helen Wyn conducted the choir in “O Fab y Dyn”. 
We also had Associate Accompanist Christopher Lewis and Guest Deputy Musical Director Glyn Williams accompany the choir at the piano. Finally we joined with Parti Llwchwr and Iona Jones for our last three songs with our Chairman Huw Roberts the bass soloist in  “O Gymru” and “Anfonaf Angel” and ended with “We’ll Keep a Welcome”. To bring the evening to a close the congregation joined for the Welsh National Anthem in English and in Welsh. A memorable evening to the start of our new season and a complete sell out.

The Host for the evening was Kevin Johns MBE, one of the most familiar faces and voices in Wales. Kevin who has a highly successful daily radio programme and also presents the Christian music show, ‘Heart and Soul’, is one of Wales’ most popular entertainment personalities. He is constantly in demand as a speaker; actor; host; facilitator; comedian; compere – the list could go on and on. Kevin has been the Host with us on many occasion and is always a joy to work with.

Unfortunately due to ill health the Hywel Girls’ Choir could not make the event. Our thoughts and best wishes go to John Hywel Williams. 

An afternoon for music lovers at Margam Orangery

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