The choir in front of the grand pipe organ

The choir in front of the grand pipe organ

The Welsh Association of Male Choirs has good cause to be proud of the excellence of the Festival of Massed Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday, May 9th.

“We have been getting compliments and messages of thanks throughout this week. Everyone who was there was absolutely delighted,” said Association Chairman, Richard Williams. “The musical team – conductor Alwyn Humphries accompanied by pianist Caradog Williams and organist Huw Tregelles Williams – as well as the four soloists and the 660 choristers on stage, were part of a memorable performance.”

Twenty five choirs from across the Principality took part in the concert along with two choirs from England (Oxford Welsh MVC and Snowdown Colliery MVC, Kent) and two choirs from overseas (Côr Meibion De Affrig from Johannesburg and the Australian Welsh Choir).

“The evening was compered by Phil Lloyd in a style that enhanced everyone’s enjoyment.”

The choir’s repertoire included a medley of popular songs to commemorate VE Day and the end of World War One as well as ‘World in Union’ in recognition of the Rugby World Cup being held in the UK in 2015.

Three of the four soloists were previous winners of the Geraint Morris Music Award which is organised annually by the Association to develop young singers. They included tenor Ben Smith (2012), soprano Charlotte Vaughan (2013) and baritone Aaron Pryce-Lewis, who won the competition last year. Also on stage was harpist Mari Haf Kelly, the 2014 winner of the Rotary Musician of the year.

The choir ended its programme with ‘Gwahoddiad’ as a tribute to the composer of the well known hymn – John Tudor Davies, from North Wales, who passed away recently.

“The concert was the culmination of two years’ hard work not only by the organising committee to whom I am very grateful but also by the participating choirs themselves,” added Mr Williams.

Recordings of the event (CD & DVD) are now available. Please visit the Association’s website for more information.

The participating choirs from Wales were:

Abertillery Orpheus, Cwmann, Port Talbot Cymric, Abercynon, Dowlais, Pontypridd, Aberystwyth, Flint, Porthcawl, Beaufort, Haverfordwest, Swansea, Bro Dysynni, Morriston RFC, Talgarth, Caerphilly, Mynydd Mawr, Tonna, Cwm Rhondda, Ogmore Valley and Whitland.

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