Alyn Lloyd, a former member of the choir, passed away this week. Tributes are received from choir members, each one echoing the sentiment that ‘Alyn was a lovely man, a gentleman and will be sadly missed.
This article first appeared under the title ‘Alyn Lloyd – A Song to Sing’.
This abridged version is published once again in his fond memory.
My jaw first dropped when first tenor Alyn Lloyd told me that he once entertained on a cruise ship. He paired up with a baritone from ENSA to entertain the passengers for a trip to Ceylon and back.
As I recovered my balance he then landed another body blow. He said that he once got a part-time job with the BBC Singers. This entailed, among other things, recording religious songs from the BBC studios in Bangor.
Above all, this modest and affable choir member had never given any sign of such an interesting and distinguished singing career.
Alyn Lloyd grew up in Llandudno Junction. He states that his mother, who had a good contralto voice, was a major influence on his singing.
Evan Lewis of Bangor and of Covent Garden fame is another to receive credit.
Alyn Lloyd Musical Favourites
His favourite singers are Montserrat Caballé, the Spanish soprano and Fritz Wunderlich. The German lyric tenor died in an accident at the age of 35.
Alyn Lloyd and Love of Opera
Alyn Lloyd enjoys a great love of opera. More than 30 annual visits to the Verona Opera is more than adequate proof.
“I’ve seen all the greats there, including Pavarotti” recalls Alyn. In addition, his favourite aria is ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. “Of course, worth listening to at any time of day.”
This story telling through music helps Alyn learn the lyrics of songs in the choir repertoire.
“Read and understand the story. Then the events follow each other in sequence,” is his sound advice.
Alyn Lloyd – More Singing Highlights
A Royal Marines Concert at the Royal Albert Hall then gave Alyn the opportunity to sing in an octet. This consisted of 4 Wrens, 3 Sailors and Alyn Lloyd. It sounds like a good book title.
Alyn was also a member of a Male Voice Choir from north Wales which sang at Penn’s Landing in Pensylvania, and other venues. This prestigious occasion was to commemorate the signing of the the American Constitution.
Alyn Lloyd and Llanddulas MVC
At the age of 60 Alyn then joined Llanddulas Male Voice Choir, staying with them for 22 years. He then joined the Denbigh and District MVC. until ill health and infirmity made it impossible for him to attend.
Alyn Lloyd – A Picture of Contentment
Looking back on his singing career he says with serene satisfaction, “it’s been a good life.”
Ed. Footnote: It was Alyn’s wish to have a memorial service, with the choir in attendance, when circumstances allow this to happen in the future. We will be there.