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1985 Golden Jubilee of the Choir

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR

1985

** Read Alun Howells' account of the first fifty years of the Choir**

                       

­26th January ~ CHARITY CONCERT at Tabernacle Chapel PONTARDAWE for the Rotary Club of Swansea Valley & the Chapel
Enid Adrian (Soprano) - Huw Rhys Evans (Tenor)
 
24th February ~ CHARITY CONCERT at St Mary’s Church
SWANSEA for the RNL
Wyn Ashton (Tenor) -Garfield Jones (Bass)
 
9th March ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Colston Hall BRISTOL for the Leukaemia Research Fund
                        Sun Life Band (Musical Director - Barry Pope) - Janice Davies-Rees (Soprano) - David Bell (Organ)
- Jean Challis BBC (Compere)
 
23rd MarchGOLDEN JUBILEE ANNUAL CONCERT
at Tabernacle Chapel MORRISTON
 
 
 
Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano) - Dennis O’Neill (Tenor)
Ingrid Surgenor and John Samuels (Guest Accompanists) 
                       
 
24th April ~ CHARITY CONCERT at Siloh Chapel LANDORE to purchase a piano for Ty Olwen Hospice, Morriston Hospital
Enid Adrian (Soprano) - Huw Priday (Tenor)
Choir conducted by Huw Rees
 
27th April ~ GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION 
           at the Brangwyn Hall, SWANSEA  
                              Dinner ~ Dance
                       
 
11th May ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Royal Festival Hall, LONDON for the Leukaemia Research Fund
The Royal Artillery Band ( Major Frank Renton - Director of Music) -
David Bell (Concert Organ).
 

OVERSEAS VISIT TO FRANCE

 
 
 
Guest Soloist ~            Janice Davies Rees (Soprano)
13th May ~ CONCERT at St Briac Church, St BRIAC SUR MER     
14th May~ CONCERT at Chartres Cathedral, PARIS
15th to 19th May ~ INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
events at NANCY     
      
Choir hosts ~ parents of the pupils of L’école Didion Raugraff
 
 
 
 
2nd June ~ TV RECORDING ~ GOWER
                       
15th June ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Wessex Art Centre, POOLE for the Leukaemia Research Fund
Sun Life Band (Musical Director - Barry Pope) - Helen Williams (Soprano) - John Lawrenson BBC (Compere)
 
22nd June ~ A VOLVO EVENT Margam Park Orangery, MARGAM involving a visit to Port Talbot of Venice Simplon~Orient~Express
 
OVERSEAS VISIT TO WEST BERLIN
 
 
 
25th to 30th June ~ GRAND MILITARY CONCERT
at The Waldbuhne, WEST BERLIN
Choir Hosts ~ RAF Gatow
 
 
1st July ~ CONCERT at Stornoway Barracks, LEMGO, WEST GERMANY for the members of the Royal Regiment of Wales and their families as a token of our appreciation for the manner in which we were hosted by them
 
3rd July ~ THE NAMING CEREMONY of the RNLB “Ethel Anne Measures” at the Maritime Quarter, SWANSEA for the RNLI
Band of the South Wales Constabulary (Director of Music - Colin Evans)
 
11th July ~ A CONFERENCE DINNER (private engagement) at the Brangwyn Hall, SWANSEA
                       
16th JulyA CONFERENCE DINNER (private engagement) at the Brangwyn Hall, SWANSEA
           
20th July ~ CONCERTat the Cathedral, CHICHESTER
as part of the Chichester Festival
The Royal Artillery Band (Major Frank Renton - Director of Music)
 
28th July ~ SAIN RECORDING of MACUSHLA at the Brangwyn Hall, SWANSEA for and with Wyn Ashton (Tenor)
 
 

"If you asked Richard Baker which record has been the most requested record during eleven years of his popular radio programme ‘Baker’s Dozen‘, he wouldn’t say ‘Finlandia‘, Handel’s Largo’ or ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ but rather the Morriston Orpheus Choir singing the ‘Kula Serenade’. However we would all have to admit that the main attraction and feature of that performance is the unique voice of the tenor soloist, Wyn Ashton"         Alwyn Humphreys.

 
 
14th September ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Town Hall, BIRMINGHAM for the Leukaemia Research Fund
GUS BAND (Musical Director - Dr Keith M Wilkinson)
- Jean Challis (Compere)
 
17th September ~ BBC TV RECORDING at GOWER      
“Don’t Break Your Heart” broadcast on 10th October and featured Kim Wilde. The programme was a Health Education Council programme for the Heartbeat Wales Campaign, on the problem of heart disease in Wales
 
 
 
 
21st September ~ ANNUAL MOCSA CONCERT at the Brangwyn Hall, SWANSEA
The Royal Artillery Band (Major Frank Renton - Director of Music) - Leah Marion Jones (Soprano) the MOCSA winner - Dilwyn Young Jones (Compere)
 
12th October ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Theatre, NEWTOWN for the Leukaemia Research Fund
Richard Jones (Tenor) - Delyth Taylor (Soprano)
 
17th October            BBC TV   showing of “Don’t Break Your Heart”
 
19th October ~ CHARITY CONCERT at the Gwyn Hall, NEATH
for the Rotary Club of Neath
Leah Marion Jones (Mezzo Soprano) - Andrew Beasley (Violin)
 
27th October ~ CONCERT at the Royal Albert Hall, LONDON for the Friends of the Royal Masonic Hospital
Ingrid Widdup (Violin) - Vanessa Latarche (Accompanist) - Maryetta and Vernon Midgely - Cantores Medicini (Dr Roy Staddard - Director of Music) - Staff Band of the WRAC (Capt E P Forster - Director of Music) - Band of the Irish Guards ( Major M G Lane - Director of Music) Jack Dieval - Geoff Love - Andrew Pearmain (Organ)
 
LP AMAZING GRACE released in November
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th November ~ CONCERT at the Baptist Chapel, MILFORD HAVEN
 
7th December ~ CONCERT at the Leisure Centre, CARMARTHEN
 
18th December ~ ANNUAL CHARITY CONCERT at the St David’s Hall, CARDIFF for the - Leukaemia Research Fund

Gentlemen Songsters, Richard Williams Singers and Tonyrefail Children's’ Choir (Richard Williams - Musical Director) - Bristol  Easton Salvation Army Band (Don Jenkins - Bandmaster)
- David Bell (Organ) - Jean Challis (Compere)


1985  Choir Management Committee and Trustees


1985 LP You'll Never Walk Alone

Voted the 'Best Choral Record of the Year' by the
Music retailers Association.

 
 

In 1985 the choir won the prestigious Music Retailers Association Award for Best Choral Album of the Year (LP 'You'll Never Walk Alone'), the only Welsh choir ever to win the award. Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath made the presentation to Musical Director Alwyn Humphreys at the Cafe Royal in London Left to right in the photograph are Roy Pugh (Choir Secretary), Bob Barratt (Grasmere Records), Alwyn Humphreys, Edward Heath, Harold Rowe (Choir Chairman), Gwyn Bailey (Choir Publicity Officer)

 

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