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