Rhos Male Voice Choir celebrates its 125th anniversary
This year’s annual concert was a fitting way for Rhos Male Voice Choir to celebrate its 125th anniversary. It was the first annual concert for new musical director James Llywelyn Jones who said it had been both challenging and exciting:
“I think the audience really enjoyed our blend of the familiar and the new. The choir have worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months to put on a concert that reflected on the last 125 years. Our theme for the night was 125 years of glorious music – and it was a fitting opportunity for us to remember with affection and with gratitude all those former members of the choir, as well as those who have led and accompanied the choir over the years.”
Among the new items in the choir’s repertoire was “African Prayer” an arrangement by Welsh composer Eric Jones of the South African anthem N’kosi Sikeli Africa, and the Israeli folk song Hava Nagila. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Llŷr Williams said he had thoroughly enjoyed “coming home” to Wrexham – and to play again with the Rhos Male Voice Choir that he once accompanied when still at school.
The audience also enjoyed the contributions of the night’s second soloist, mezzo soprana Eirlys Myfanwy Davies. Choir secretary Geraint Phillips said:
“This was a great night of music. Our thanks must go to both our soloists, Llŷr and Eirlys. They surpassed our expectations and made this a truly memorable concert. “Our thanks also to James Llywelyn Jones and to accompanist Kevin Whitley for their tireless efforts and continued enthusiasm.”