Welsh choirs raise roof across globe
WE aren’t known as the land of song for nothing.
And two of the area’s most well-known and loved choirs have done their bit to spread the power of Welsh voices after entertaining the crowds on both sides of the pond.
Cor Meibion Pontarddulais have just come back from Canada, where they were guests of the Welsh North American Association.
One of the highlights of their trip was when they performed alongside Welsh tenors Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Alun Rhys-Jenkins at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto in front of more than 1,000 people.
The choir also performed at the St George’s Cathedral in Kingston — an event which was organised by Malcolm Williams, a former Grovesend resident who emigrated to pursue his career as a consultant surgeon — and attended a reception at the High Commissioner’s Office hosted by the Ottawa Welsh Society.
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Musical director Clive Phillips, who also acted as guest conductor at the 82nd National Gymanfa Ganu festival while in Canada, said: “The tour was a resounding success from a musical and social perspective.”
One chorister added: “It has been the most enjoyable tour I have been on and I have been with the choir for more than 40 years.”
It was a similar success story for the Gwalia Singers, who have just come home following their concert tour to Belgium
While away they sang at concerts in the coastal town of De Panne and at St Salvator’s Cathedral in Bruges, the city they stayed in.
And in a mark of remembrance, the choir also visited the Flanders Field Museum in Ypres and Tyne Cot War Graves. A spokesman for the choir said: “A good time was had by all.”
Cor Meibion Pontarddulais meet at Pontarddulais Primary School on a Monday and Wednesday evening, from 7pm.
The Gwalia Singers rehearse on a Tuesday night at the Swansea Yacht and Sub Aqua Club in Swansea Marina at 7.15pm.