Last night, 25th March 2014, saw the choir and new choristers perform in concert at the Bishop’s Palace, St Asaph.
The choir last performed there only a few months ago and were back once again by popular demand.
With a completely different repertoire for the night, the choir opened with the stirring Rhys Jones composition of ‘O Gymru’, a very patriotic song about our country of Wales.
This was followed by pieces including ‘Hine E Hine’ the Maori slumber song. This has been recorded by a number of stars such as Hayley Westenra and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
This was followed by the ever popular Amanda McBroom composition ‘The Rose.’ Baritone, Peter Davies, once again delighted the audience with his solo part. ‘The Rose’ is perhaps the most popular track from our latest CD, ‘Voices From The Vale’.
New Chorister Performs Solo
One of our new choristers, Stephen Voros, a 1st Tenor, took centre stage and performed his first solo item since joining the choir.
His rendition of ‘Edelweiss’, from The Sound of Music, had the audience singing along with him. The warm applause from both audience and choir alike was well deserved. We look forward to hearing more from Stephen in future concerts.
The choir then returned and performed ‘Cwyn Y Gwynt.’ The two soloists, Keith Jones and Richard Thompson, gave another polished and sensitive performance.
This was followed by the Arwel Hughes arrangement of ‘Tydi a Rhoddaist’, and the very melodious ‘Panis Angelicus.’ the latter is a new addition to the choir’s repertoire for this season.
The final item of this section was an arrangement of the hymn ‘Abide With Me’.
More from New Choristers
Another of our new choristers, Deiniol Jones, Baritone, performed a duet with our Musical Director, Arwyn Roberts.
The duo chose to sing ‘Y Darlun’, which was clearly well received by the audience. Again, we hope to hear more from Deiniol over the coming concert season.
Arwyn then performed ‘Pwy fydd Yma Mhen Can Mlynedd?’ on the tune Dim ond Iesu. This piece was famously recorded by David Lloyd, the renowned Welsh Tenor.
Arwyn pointed out to the audience that devotees of the choir would instantly know the tune. It is the same as that of the choir’s signature piece ‘ Craig Yr Oesoedd’, for which we hold the copyright. Arwyn’s rendition received a sustained round of applause for his performance.
It was then the turn of Peter Davies, Baritone, to take centre stage performing ‘The Sentry’s Song’ from Iolanthe, by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Peter always stamps his own mark on any item that he sings and last night was no exception. Another polished performance.
The choir then returned and finished the concert with three contrasting pieces. First up was Dr Joseph Parry’s arrangement of ‘Myfanwy.’ Probably the most requested item for any Welsh Male Voice Choir.
That was followed with ‘African Prayer’, which is the South African National Anthem. It is sung in both English and the Xhosa Zulu Dialect. A rousing piece in any language and on any occasion.
The choir concluded with Dr Joseph Parry’s melodious arrangement of the lovely hymn, ‘Sirioldeb’ or in english ‘One Blessing.’
The night was concluded with the audience joining the choir in singing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
The choir would like to expess their sincere thanks to all at The Bishop’s Palace for their kind invitation to return and entertain them once again.
Congratulations to the new choristers for having the confidence to take a prominent part in the concert.
We appreciated the warm welcome. The refreshments provided at the end of the concert were very much enjoyed.