In October 2016 we sang in Oxford Town Hall as guests of Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, and this was the return concert with them as our guests in Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston. At the last minute their coach was unable to bring them but they overcame this by coming by car, for which we are extremely grateful.
Both choirs have different seating arrangements, with the four voices a mirror image of each other, and as we were due to sing together in seven songs as well as individually, this caused quite a logistical problem which was swiftly overcome by our choir marshal.
Conducting and accompanying duties were shared between our respective musical staff; Helen Swift and Alex Howgego for Oxford, and D. Huw Rees, Hywel Evans (organ) and Rhiannon Pritchard (piano) for Morriston RFC. With full attention being paid by choristers to the conductors’ unfamiliar interpretations and following a short afternoon rehearsal, this arrangement worked very well and was greatly appreciated by our audience.
The wonderfully melodic Parti Llwchwr ladies choir are usually led by Janet V Jones but sadly, due to a family bereavement that morning, she was unable to be with them. However, her place was taken by the ebullient Marie Richards, whose comments and introductions helped to lighten what could have been a sad occasion for her choristers. They sang six songs from their repertoire, accompanied by D. Huw Rees, and we joined them in Anfonaf Angel
and O Gymru
(which can be viewed by clicking on the link).
One of the guest singers in our 2015 Annual Concert was the young tenor Rhydian Jenkins from Maesteg, and we were delighted that he was able to join us again. With his accompanist Kim Lloyd Jones he sang a programme of mostly Welsh folk songs, plus Schubert’s Standchen
and Bring Him Home
(from Les Miserables). He received a great reception, and Oxford Welsh MVC were so impressed that they will be considering Rhydian for future bookings in Oxfordshire.
The two male choirs joined together in the finalé, which included World In Union
(again, click on the link).
Following this most enjoyable concert we entertained our guest choirs at Morriston Rugby Club, ending the evening with a buffet, chat and songs before most of the Oxford contingent had to head back up the M4 (with their designated drivers at the wheel, of course!).
During the course of the buffet our Chairman Huw Roberts presented two photographs to his opposite number from Oxford, Phil Lewis. They had been donated by our bass singer Richard Davies whose great uncle Tom Jones had been a founder member of Oxford Welsh, and showed “Uncle” Tom with his choir.
It was a wonderful evening of song, and we thank our friends from Oxford for making the considerable last-minute change to their travel arrangements to be with us.
There are some photos on our Photo Gallery page.