Choir member Iorwerth Davies grew up in Pentre Celyn. On the outskirts of Ruthin, and not far from Llysfasi Agricultural College. The phrase ‘you’re going to reap just what you sow’ comes to mind.
The lyrics from Lou Reed’s classical hit ‘Perfect Day’ are apposite. Iorwerth recalls that, in his formative years, he attended piano lessons every Saturday morning.
“This meant a round trip of one and a half hours on my push bike. From my home to Llanfair D.C.
I will always be grateful to my parents for paying for the piano lessons.”
Those ‘musical seeds’ have long germinated and Iorwerth is now reaping the reward.
“I’m finding those piano lessons have come in handy when I try to sight read the sheet music in the choir.”
Iorwerth Davies Helping Hand
An energetic, helpful and loyal choir member of the bass section since joining the choir in 1990. Iorwerth likes the socialising aspects of the choral community.
He also enjoys visiting new venues. Being a choir member also increases self confidence and keeps the mind active.
Iorwerth regards Elvis Presley as a musical influence. But his main musical interests remain within the Welsh tradition.
His favourite singers are Meirion Wyn Jones and Gwawr Edwards.
Meirion, or Mei Plas, is a farmer who lives in Llangynhafal. He is a regular, successful competitor in eisteddfodau throughout Wales.
At the Cardiff National Eisteddfod in 2008, he won the Bass Solo competition. He went on to win the prestigious Blue Riband prize for the best soloist of the Eisteddfod.
Gwawr Edwards, at the age of 26, is the rising Welsh soprano star. She has won at the Urdd, Llangollen International and National Eisteddfodau.
She is the daughter of well known tenor Dafydd Edwards. Gwawr has travelled to many countries to entertain her audiences.
Iorwerth Davies Choral Interests
Iorwerth has a liking for Côr Godre’r Aran. The successful and much travelled Llanuwchllyn based choir.
Iorwerth also sang with the Rhos Orpheus Choir. He was part of the National Eisteddfod Choir in Mold.
He was a member of ‘Lleisiau’r Dyffryn’ at the 2013 National Eisteddfod at Denbigh.
His favourite venue is Bodfari Church because of the “fantastic acoustics.” His favourite choir song is ‘Sirioldeb.’ It has been re-introduced into the choir repertoire.
Iorwerth Davies Choir Highlights
Iorwerth has sang for a quarter of a century with the Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir. He has plenty of musical memories.
He has no hesitation in picking out three concerts at the Royal Albert Hall as memorable. The 25th Anniversary Gala Concert at St Asaph Cathedral in 2013 will also remain a highlight.
Never has a Saturday morning bike ride returned such a reward. It has enabled a lifetime of involvement and enjoyment in a musical pastime.