500TH CONCERT A GREAT SUCCESS

On Saturday August 24th the Choir returned to its spiritual home in St David’s Cathedral to perform its 500th concert since its founding in 1982.
 
A varied programme was performed before a large and very appreciative audience. Two standing ovations bearing testament to the quality of the event. Two items bear special mention. Firstly a world first performance by a male choir of John Rutter’s well loved ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ arranged by Dr Haydn James, a former Musical Director of the Choir. Secondly, the revival of a work performed in the choir’s first concert in Bristol’s Colston Hall in 1982, namely Charles Gounod’s setting of Psalm CXXXVII ‘By Babylon’s Wave’.
 
Soloists Joy Cornock Thomas (Soprano) and Kees Huysmans (Bass) produced performances of excellence both individually, as a pair and with the whole choir. The evening was much enhanced by the work of the guest organist Meirion Wyn Jones and choir guitarist, Roger Beetham.
 
As always the superb playing of Sian Davies at the piano supported the choir under the peerless direction of Elaine Robins.
 
The compere was Phil Howells, the Choir archivist, who was able to share extensive knowledge of the choir and its history.
 
The Concert Organiser was Gareth Huw Davies with ticket and programme sales in the hands of the Ladies Support Group resplendent in Welsh national costume.
 

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