Schools Choral Competition

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September 14, 2016
Wednesday 16th March
Schools Choral Competition
This was our third annual competition for Swansea Valley schools’ choirs, and 10 primary schools competed for a 1st prize of £200 andthe perpetual plaque. All competing choirs received a financial reward and a commemorative plaque, with each singer having a certificate.

Unfortunately, due to essential safety work being carried out in Tabernacle Chapel, it was not possible to hold the event there again this year, but we were given the use of Morriston Comprehensive School’s impressive new theatre and hall.

This had advantages and disadvantages; the theatre was bursting at the seams with the families and friends of the contestants, leaving no room for the choirs to sit and hear their competitors.
On the other hand, the choirs were able to relax and amuse themselves outside in the hall while waiting their turn to perform.

The adjudicators this year were our MD D. Huw Rees, our president Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, and Lyndon Jones, Director of the Swansea International Festival. Their task was made difficult by the high standard of singing, but by a long process of elimination, weighing up each choir’s musical performance, stage presence, communication with the audience, etc, they eventually awarded First Prize to the choir from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tirdeunaw, with Cwm Glas and Gwyrosydd in 2nd and 3rd places.

All the choirs, their teachers and their families deserved praise for the work they had put in over the previous months, and more than one small sibling in the audience was seen mouthing words, proving their brother or sister had been practicing at home!

This was another successful evening, and a tribute to the enterprise of our General Secretary Mr. J. Layton Watkins, who first proposed the competition.

We thank the sponsors who contributed financially, and Morriston Comprehensive school for the use of the theatre and hall.

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