Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 6/11/2016
We were privileged again this year to be invited by Community Fund Raiser Squadron Leader Phill Flower to participate in Swansea’s Annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, and with MD D. Huw Rees, pianist Hywel Evans, and Huw Tregelles Williams at the organ we sang Mansions Of The Lord and World In Union on our own, and then we were joined by young soloist Keely Ashleigh Morgan in The Holy City.
As usual the first part of the Festival was mostly given over to entertainment, and the three young soloists from Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS) showed what talent we have in this area. Benjamin Anthony, Thomas Bytheway and Keely are all studying either music or performing arts. Other performers were a group from Dancerama Performing Arts School, City of Swansea Concert Band, City of Swansea Pipe Band, and the Cadets of TS Ajax who spelled out their message with semaphore flags. Staff Cadet Warrant Officer Kathryn Flower read out Laurence Binyon’s evocative poem For The Fallen.
Host for the evening was Brian Sullivan, who introduced two films which reminded us of the continuing sacrifices of our armed forces, and the vital service rendered by medics in the battle field.
The second part of the Festival followed the traditional drumhead religious service of remembrance, with communal hymn singing, the two-minutes silence, falling poppy petals, and the Last Post and Reveille played impeccably by Chris Smith of the Salvation Army.