EXPECTED MAMMOTH FINANCIAL RESULT FOR CANCER RESEARCH WALES

Monday 03 March 2008

Independent concert-goer Vivienne Jones of Creigiau has been kind enough to share her thoughts after attending the Annual Gala Festival Concert at St David's Hall

The  Mothering  Sunday  audience  were  treated  to  an  exciting  and varied programme,  arranged  by  John  Jenkins,  the eminent  musical director  of  the  Bridgend  Male  Choir.  The first half  was  entitled  Classics  and  the  second  Showstoppers from Stage  and  Screen.  The  concert  was  compered  by  Robin  Jones, a familiar voice to musical programmes on S4C.     

Eisteddfod  winners   Bridgend  Male Choir ,  accompanied  by  Rhiannon  Williams – Hale  and  Laura  Smith,  displayed  their  dedication  and  professionalism  in  every  rendition.  The  marriage  of  choir,  band,  soloists  and  audience  was life  enhancing,  especially in  Cwm  Rhondda,  Morte Criste.       There were so  many  highlights  that  it  seems  unfair  to  be  selective.  but  some  shine  particularly  brightly. Craig  Yates  the  young  Welsh  baritone,  held  the  stage  with  his  rendition  of  Mr. Cellophane  from  Chicago. He could  have  been  on  Broadway,  but luckily for us  he was  here in Cardiff.  There was  a  poignant  moment  when  Shan  Cothi ,  the hugely versatile soprano,  bravely  explained her  choice  of  Caro Mio  Ben.  It  was  a  favourite  of  her  late  husband’s,  Jason  Smith.  She had  sung  it  to  him  during   her many  visits to   Velindre,  the  home  of  Cancer  Research Wales.   It  was   exciting   to witness  emergent  talent.  Tom  Davoren,  like  Craig a  graduate  of  the  Royal  College  of  Music  and  Drama  Cardiff,  the  composer  in  residence of  the B.T.M. Band, wrote  Diversions  on  Calon  Lan.  The  trombone soloist  of this  beautiful  and  imaginative  work  was  Jonathan  Pippen.  The composition  screamed ‘film score’.   

It  is  expected  that  concert   funds   will  exceed  the  £11,000  pounds  raised  in  last  year’s  concert.  Money   which  is  vital   for   projects  that  benefit  the people  of  Wales.  One  lucky  gentleman  from   Caerphilly  County   won  the  raffle  prize  of a  beautiful  necklace  of  antique  pearls. Although  all  concert  goers  were winners ,  doubtless  an  equally  fortunate  lady  was  due  for  a  very special  ending  to  Mothering  Sunday.