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Orpheus in Ireland


Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 February 2005
The Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

The impressive Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul, Ennis, Ireland was packed to overflowing for the visit of the Morriston Orpheus Choir from Swansea, Wales.

Over 1300 enthusiastic people responded with rapturous applause to the sound of the Choir particularly with their rendition of “Gwahoddiad”, and “Llanfair”; two of the greatest Welsh hymns and the famous love song “Myfanwy”.  The appreciative audience equally liked the more modern songs such as “One” and “Let it be Me”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was performed for the first time outside the UK. 

By demand the audience were rewarded with “Cwm Rhondda” as an encore, which brought the audience to their feet for a five minutes standing ovation. After the Welsh national anthem the audience remained standing and clapped and clapped until the last member of the Choir had left the stage.

The Musical Director Sian Pearce said this was a “night to remember” for her first overseas visit as the conductor of the Choir.  Joy Amman Davies accompanied the Choir and the guest organist was David Last.  The guest soloist was Eirian Davies; a former Welsh national Eisteddfod winner charmed the audience with a comprehensive repertoire of music from opera, oratorio and the shows.

This was the second visit of the Orpheus to Ennis and a cultural bond has been formed with these friendly people.  The money raised from the concert was towards the funds for the new Cathedral spire and this was the largest donation generated.

Reception, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
Saturday 4 February 2006

John Amour, the Morriston Orpheus Choir Chairman presented a City of Swansea plate to a representative of Ennis Local Authority and a Choir plaque and City of Swansea tie was presented to Allen Flynn, Managing Director of the Old Ground Hotel where the Choir was accommodated for their weekend visit.  Choristers met many local people including some that had travelled for seven hours to attend the concert.

Mass Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul, Ennis, Ireland
Sunday 5 February 2006

The Morriston Orpheus Choir was also invited to perform a mini concert at the conclusion of the packed morning Mass service at the Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul, Ennis, when every seat was taken by those that been unable to obtain tickets for the Saturday night concert.

Once again the Choir had standing ovations.  Sian Pearce thanked the audience for the warmth of their welcome.  Huw Rees, Deputy Musical Director celebrated his birthday by taking over from Sian Pearce to conduct “Gwahoddiad”.

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