With St Davids Day upon us once again, its a busy time for any harpist, singer and Choir in Wales. This week I took part in a St Davids Day Concert that was arranged by the North Wales Choral Society of Male Voice Choirs.
The venue for the concert was the magnificent Severn Theatre in Shrewsbury, performing alongside Eleri Owen Edwards Mezzo Soprano, Penybontfawr Male Voice Choir and Maelgwyn Male Voice Choir under the watchful eye of Rhun ap Iorwerth as compere for the evening.
This is my second visit to this theatre, having performed there last year at the St Davids Day Concert so a return visit to any venue is always special and as ever the audience were very welcoming. I put a programme together that had a Welsh theme consisting of some old pieces and some new arrangements that I’ve prepared for concerts this year. During the evening I performed with Eleri Owen Edwards, a special arrangement of “Mil Harddach Wyt”. This was an extra special concert because Eleri and I are from the same area and have grown up with the same background and both had the same piano tutor who was Mrs Dorothy Griffiths and so sharing a platform with Eleri after all this time was brilliant!
After the concert Eleri flew off to Melbourne on the Sunday Morning for a Concert tour over there. Best wishes to her and Aled her husband over there. I have performed and travelled with the Maelgwn Choir many times before, so its always nice to perform with them. I have a few more concerts with them this year, details of which will be in the calendar!
The end of the concert was a magical experience when we all got on stage to sing the Welsh National Anthem “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau”.
As I drove home to North Wales, my mind was already on the next project and concert which is a St Davids Day Concert in Llandudno Junction this time with one male voice choir, two mixed choirs and two soloists.