People are interesting. Choir members are interesting.
But it’s only when you start probing that you find the real gems.
And so it turned out when I started asking questions of Alyn Lloyd, the most senior member of our choir.
My jaw first dropped when first tenor Alyn Lloyd told me that he once entertained on a cruise ship. He paired up with a baritone from ENSA to entertain the passengers for a trip to Ceylon and back.
As I recovered my balance he then landed another body blow. He said that he once got a part-time job with the BBC Singers. This entailed, among other things, recording religious songs from the BBC studios in Bangor.
To think I had sat next and chatted to Alyn for over 4 years in the choir. This modest and affable choir member had never given any sign of such an interesting singing career.
Alyn Lloyd – The Early Years
Alyn Lloyd grew up in Llandudno Junction. He states that his mother, who had a good contralto voice, was a major influence on his singing.
Evan Lewis of Bangor and of Covent Garden fame is another to receive credit.
Alyn Lloyd Musical Favourites
Alyn’s favourite choir song is ‘Cwyn Y Gwynt’ (The Wind’s Lament). His reasoning is because of the ‘bel canto’ nature of the song. A visit to the Google pages informs me that it roughly means ‘beautiful singing’.
His favourite singers are Montserrat Caballé, the Spanish soprano and Fritz Wunderlich. The German lyric tenor died in an accident at the age of 35. More ‘bel canto’ examples.
Alyn Lloyd and Opera
Alyn Lloyd enjoys a great love of opera. More than 30 annual visits to the Verona Opera is more than adequate proof.
“I’ve seen all the greats there, including Pavarotti” recalls Alyn. His favourite aria is ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Worth listening to at any time of day.
This story telling through music helps Alyn learn the lyrics of songs in the choir repertoire.
“Read and understand the story. Then the events follow each other in sequence,” is his sound advice.
Alyn Lloyd – More Singing Highlights
In the words of a popular comedian, “Come here, there’s more.”
A Royal Marines Concert at the Royal Albert Hall gave Alyn the opportunity to sing in an octet. This consisted of 4 Wrens, 3 Sailors and Alyn Lloyd. It sounds like a good book title.
Alyn was a member of a Male Voice Choir from north Wales which sang at Penn’s Landing in Pensylvania, and other venues. This prestigious occasion was to commemorate the signing of the the American Constitution.
They must have been good. They accepted an invitation to go back two years later.
Alyn Lloyd and Llanddulas MVC
At the age of 60 Alyn joined Llanddulas Male Voice Choir, staying with them for 22 years. They travelled a lot during that time, performing concerts in as many as 14 countries.
Looking forward, Alyn Lloyd still enjoys every concert with the Denbigh and District MVC.
Looking back on his singing career he says with serene satisfaction, “it’s been a good life.”