A week after the Civic Service for the Mayor of Denbigh the choir was back again at Capel Mawr, Denbigh.
This time for the Civic Service of Councillor Gwyneth Kensler. The Chairman of Denbighshire County Council.
The weather was good. Arriving guests and dignatories were able to mingle outside the chapel in glorious sunshine.
Captivating Harp Duet
Those who entered the chapel early were the fortunate ones. They heard a superb harp duet performance by Angharad Huw and Hafina Cordiner.
Both Angharad and Hafina are pupils of Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin. Their youth belied their undoubted exceptional ability to play their instruments. Their performance was an absolute delight for all that were present.
The Civic Service
Councillor Gwyneth Kensler entered the chapel and The Reverend Wayne Roberts led the service.
The first hymn was ‘Love Divine, all loves excelling’ on the tune Blaenwern. This gave the choir an opportunity to get warmed up.
Elizabeth Kensler gave a reading. Then it was the turn of Angharad and Hafina to perform the wonderful piece ‘Chaconne.’
It is no exaggeration to say that they held everybody spellbound.
Councillor Gaynor Morgan Rees utilised all her performing ability to great effect. She gave a sensitive interpretation in her reading of ‘Y Winllan.’
The Choir Perform at Civic Service
Soon it was the choir’s turn to contribute to the service. Performing Councillor Kensler’s choices of ‘[easyazon_link asin=”B00JA5Y93U” locale=”UK” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”denanddismalv-21″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Myfanwy[/easyazon_link]’ and ‘[easyazon_link asin=”B00JS24P9S” locale=”UK” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”denanddismalv-21″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]O Gymru [/easyazon_link]’, conducted by Clwyd Wynne, our Deputy Musical Director. Richard Lloyd was on form in his second verse solo in ‘O Gymru‘.
Enchanting Young Performers
Councillor Kensler must have been so proud of the next two young performers. Her grandson, Morgan Wyn, read ‘Yr Arglwydd yw fy Mugail’ with confidence.
Then Ana Haf touched everybody’s heart singing ‘Iesu Tirion‘. It was endearing.
Everyone then adjourned to the school room for tea and cakes.
The Purpose of the Civic Service
The service was ‘To ask for God’s blessing on the activities of the County Council during the year.’
Those activities will need Councillor Kensler’s vast experience in dealing with the Local Authority’s business over the next twelve months.
The proposal from the Senedd is for a reduction in the number of County Councils in Wales.
Denbighshire County Council has been one of the best performing authorities in Wales. Yet it may not exist as a local authority if the Welsh Government’s proposals come to fruition.
Councillor Kensler’s Civic Service may well be the last of its kind that the choir attends.
The choir wish Councillor Kensler and all her colleagues on the Council a fruitful year.