36th Annual Concert at Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston. 18/05/2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

“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.