The Festival of Male Choirs is the culmination of 2 years planning, practice and preparation for as one Festival finishes the process starts for the next momentous night of Choral celebration.
In 2016 The London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs reached a major milestone as it was held for the 25th time featuring choirs from Wales, England, Ireland, USA and Hong Kong with the host London Welsh Male Voice Choir.
The Programme included a commemoration of the 1966 Aberfan disaster, “Don’t Go Chasing Shadows” composed by the Festival Conductor Edward-Rhys Harry and performed by the four young soloists and the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.
It is a long day for all involved with a full rehearsal under the demanding baton of Edward-Rhys Harry.
Coordinating Choirs, Orchestra and Soloists is a major achievement.
The stage management under the watchful eye of Jacqui Taylor ensures all goes exactly to plan and time.
Annabel Thwaite the Festival Accompanist accompanied her husband Mathew Jones and following their rehearsal showed how they both enjoy performing together.
Even the Compère Frank Lincoln needs a little preparation to ensure oiling the wheels goes smoothly.
And before the public arrive a little pep talk for the London Welsh Male Voice Choir ensure they are on their musical toes.
And so to begin, a full house with an expectant audience and the Choirs holding their breath, what an experience!!
Now is the hour with power and passion and precision.
As Edward encourages you can do better give me some more of that passion.
And Danny McCann Williams leads the orchestra.
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir soloists show their talent:
David Williams in Working Man
Will Rees in Ride the Chariot
Harry Bell in Gweddi’r Arglwydd
And to bring the evening to a close all sing the Welsh National Anthem.
The heart of the organizing committee David Williams Chairman, Keith Warren Secretary and Jacqui Taylor Stage Manager sing the Anthem, with an emotional farewell for David and Keith who stand down from the Festival Committee.
And the audience applaud for more.
We look forward to seeing you all next time on 13th October 2018.