Our second appearance at St John’s Church Summer Season of Male Voice Choir Concerts took place on July 9, with guest soloist Kathryn Nash.
Biebertal Friends at St John’s Church
Kathryn Nash at St John’s Church
Our guest soloist is mezzo soprano Kathryn Nash. She is a regular guest artiste with our choir.
A special affinity exists because of family connections with Denbigh.
Her opening number is Ombra Mai Fu, commonly recognised as Handel’s Largo.
The audience is spellbound by her power and control.
Also the sparkling accompaniment from our accompanist Nia Jones is appreciated.
Her next song, Min y Môr by T. Osborne Roberts, delivered with style and assurance.
The choir continued with Welsh Trilogy, The Rose, featuring baritone Peter Davies, and Men of Harlech.
After the interval the choir opened with African Prayer, Fy Mhlentyn, Song of the Jolly Roger and I Bwy y Perthyn Mawl.
Kathryn Nash then returned with My Little Welsh Home, the evergreen Welsh favourite.
Next, a dramatic aria, Amour Viens Aider, from the French opera Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns. More sterling work on the piano by Nia Jones.
The choir then joined Kathryn to sing La Vergine (in Welsh) from The Force of Destiny by Giuseppe Verdi.
To conclude, the choir sang Pan Fyddo’r Nos yn Hir/Ti a dy Ddoniau, Abide with Me and American Trilogy.
It had been a memorable evening.
In addition to our friends from Biebertal, there were Australians and Americans.
As well as a Welsh lady, now living in Yorkshire, who requested we sing the Welsh National anthem.
Of course, we duly obliged.