Fjords, Mountains And Glaciers

Making their second cruise aboard a Fred Olsen cruise ship, Côr Meibion De Cymru thrilled fellow passengers with two formal concerts (in addition to many more sporadic outbursts of song) as MS Black Watch travelled from Harwich in mid-August, to three ports in Norway and through some of its major fjords.

The cruise was blessed with excellent weather and the party responded accordingly. Accompanied by wives/partners and friends, they took the opportunity to travel on the famous Flam railway and to visit glaciers at Kjenndalen and Briksdal, before travelling back to the ship by motor launch across Lake Lovatnet. The visit to Olden was celebrated in style with short and well-received performances in the village church and square. A day spent in the delightful port of Bergen saw choristers taking the opportunity to put on an unofficial midday performance in the town’s Fish Market!

Never have ‘The Song of the Jolly Roger’ and ‘What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?’ sounded better than on this cruise. MD Elaine Robins conducted, Juliet Rossiter accompanied on the piano. John Lloyd (Two Silver Clocks) and Tudor Curtis-Williams (a convincing Fagin) were the solo performers and Barri Hurford was in his usual role of compère.
We are all most grateful to Captain Danielsen and his team for making our cruise on his ‘Happy Ship’ so enjoyable and memorable.

Written by Barri Hurford (Choir compère and Baritone)

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