The Gala Concert A Night to Remember took place at St Mary’s Church, Denbigh on November 25, 2017. A packed and enthusiastic audience enjoyed what can only be described as a veritable feast of music.
Not to mention that all musical items were supported by virtuoso piano performances from choir accompanist Nia Jones.
The choir set the tone with the familiar ‘Y Ddau Wladgarwr.’ Followed by ‘Hine E Hine’ and ‘Coedmor.’
Compere Clwyd Wynne then introduced the experienced and popular mezzo soprano Sioned Terry.
She opened with Pan Ddaw’r Nos and then her outstanding rendition of ‘Habanera’ from Carmen helped the audience think of warmer Spanish climes.
The mercurial baritone John Ieuan Jones started his programme with Non piu Andrai from the Marriage of Figaro. Then a firm Welsh favourite, ‘Gwynfyd’ by Meirion Williams followed by ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables.
John Ieuan and Sioned then sang a delightful duet from Don Giovanni. A musical chemistry much in evidence between them.
The choir closed the first half with ‘Fy Mhlentyn’ and ‘The African Prayer’ to prolonged audience applause.
Gala Concert A Night to Remember Second Half
The Gala Concert second half continued with the same format. Three songs from the choir, including ‘You Raise Me Up,’ with baritone Peter Davies in fine voice.
John Ieuan also returned to sing ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ and ‘Cân yr Arad Goch.’
He then became Tevye, singing ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from Fiddler on the Roof. The justified applause nearly raised the roof. A very special performance.
Sioned Terry then returned to sing popular songs from the musicals with ‘How do You Solve a Problem like Maria?’ from The Sound of Music and ‘I have Dreamed’ from The King and I.
She then invited John Ieuan Jones to join her to sing the popular duet ‘All I ask of You’ from Phantom of the Opera. The audience loved it and showed their appreciation.
The choir’s final number of the evening was ‘American Trilogy’ which produced prolonged applause and affirmation.
A Celebratory Evening
It had been a celebratory evening. Additionally, an appreciation of the quality of two superb soloists. who had made the concert a night to remember.
Presentations were then made to the soloists, to musical director Arwyn Roberts and to Nia Jones for their flawless performances throughout the evening.
In conclusion, thanks to all our faithful supporters for making the evening such a success.
More photographs and video clips will appear in due course.