Choir Return to Iconic Venue Raises £1,196

Autumn concert a great success

Choir Return to Iconic Venue Raises £1,196

The recent charity concert by Whitland & District Male Choir at the Queen’s Hall in Narberth, promoted by Narberth & Whitland Rotary raised the magnificent sum of £1,196 for charity, with this sum to be divided equally between good causes supported by Rotary and the Choir.

As anticipated the evening was very much enjoyed by the appreciative audience, with both halves featuring two sets by the choir, interspersed by stellar performances by four very talented Rotary Young Musicians from Pembrokeshire.

The first half opened with We’ll Keep a Welcome, and that is certainly what the choir under the enthusiastic Direction of Musical Director Hefina Jones, and the melodic accompaniment of Owain Lewis went on to perform many traditional choral pieces much to the delight of the delighted audience.

During the first half we enjoyed the very talented Jencyn Corp on the Flute and also Ianto Evans on the Tombone, both accompanied by Seimon Morris, whilst in the second half Pianist Lefi Dafydd and Carys Wood on the Trumpet all wowed the audience with their accomplished playing, all demonstrating that they will undoubtedly have a strong musical future.

To close the first half the audience were treated to a spine-tingling rendition of ‘Ol Man River’ by choir member and soloist Owain Jenkins. A performance we were hugely privileged to hear and one that will live long in the memory.

With the World Cup in Qatar about to start it was only fitting that the choir sang the Dafydd Iwan classic ‘Yma O Hyd’ as their encore, and you could have sworn we were in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar such was the volume generated by the soloists complete with the obligatory bucket hats, Richard Lewis Nigel Phillips and Huw Jones ably supported by the whole choir and the enthusiastic audience. The new ‘unofficial’ Welsh football anthem was then followed by Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau to round off an unforgettable evening.

The concert was jointly Compered by Rotarian Phil Thompson MBE, President of Narberth and Whitland Rotary, and Choir Member David Thomas.

At the end of the concert, President Phil thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the evening, all the performers, the Queen’s Hall staff who had been magnificent, fellow Rotarians and of course the paying public for supporting the event so generously.

The Choir, the Queen’s Hall and Narberth and Whitland Rotary all agreed that they would love to make the concert an annual event. Watch this space!

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