St. David’s Church, Penllergaer, 16/12/2016
The lead-up to Christmas is always a busy time for choirs, and before this concert we had entertained residents of Dan y Bryn, Pontardawe, celebrated the switching-on of Morriston’s lights, sung at Morriston Comprehensive School’s Senior Citizens Christmas party, and taken part in Morriston Tabernacle Chapel’s festival of carols with other local choirs.
Penllergare Valley Woods Trust invited us to help raise funds for restoration of their walled garden by singing in our third Christmas Concert in the village’s St. David’s church.
With the church bursting at the seams, the Choir with soloist mezzo soprano Kate Harwood, accompanist Hywel Evans, and Deputy Musical Director Helen Wyn sang a medley of seasonal and traditional music, with the audience joining in a selection of carols. Our Bass soloist Huw Roberts joined Kate in Anfonaf Angel.
Kate’s own programme was mainly Welsh airs, with a beautiful rendering of Away In A Manger. She even managed to perform a duet with herself, helped by a pre-recorded track.
We were delighted to learn that the evening had raised £1,500 towards the fund, and after the concert many of us celebrated with more carols across the road in The Old Inn.
This concert seems to have become a regular village celebration of Christmas, and the 2017 date of 9th December has already been booked.
This was our last full concert of 2016, but the following day we sang carols in Morriston’s Principality Building Society to show our appreciation for their help during the year. (Thank you for the mince pies and sherry!) After this session we moved to the Wyevale Garden Centre for more singing, and were delighted that our bucket collection, helped by a generous donation from Wyevale, raised £250 for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of Debra, daughter of our Secretary Layton Watkins and his wife Gwen.