The Victoria Hall in Llanwrtyd Wells was full to capacity last Saturday night to listen to a performance from National Eisteddfod winners, Machynlleth Male Voice Choir.
The concert, organised by the Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre, was long-awaited - the Choir were due to perform in Llanwrtyd pre-Covid but when the pandemic hit, the concert had to be postponed.
Town Mayor and Heritage Centre Trustee, Cllr Sarah Jones, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked the numerous sponsors, without whose generous financial support, the concert would not have been possible: Hay and Brecon Farmers; Wynnstay; Radcliffe’s; Coyle Surfacing; Llandovery Tyres and Batteries; Eifion Lloyd; Dinas and Gwedd y Glyn Holiday Lets; Preserved Timber Products; LP Enterprise Ltd, NFU Builth Office and the Neuadd Arms Hotel.
Choir member, Aled Griffiths, was the compère and provided entertaining commentary throughout the evening. The Choir, whose conductor is Aled Myrddin, performed songs in a variety of languages and styles, from the traditional Welsh classics to modern songs from the musicals. With Menna Rhys accompanying on the piano, the audience were given an evening of excellent entertainment.
Soloists included the well-known tenor Aled Wyn Davies, Ioan Joshua Mabbutt, Aled Rees and Ilan Jones - National Eisteddfod 2023 Baritone Solo winner.
During the interval, Concert President, D. John Rolands, who was accompanied by his wife, Rosemary, gave a timely address and thanked the community, volunteers and trustees who work diligently throughout the year to maintain the local Heritage and Arts Centre that’s such an important asset to the town and area. The raffle, which was kindly sponsored by Brenda Bickerton Jones of Lloyds Bank, was then drawn with prizes kindly donated by Tesco Stores Llandrindod; Co-op Stores Builth Wells; Iwan Price; Anwen Price; Georgie Perrett; Sarah Jones; Arwyn Morgan; Premier Stores Llanwrtyd.
At the end of the evening, the Choir and supporting artists performed a wonderful rendition of ‘O Gymru’ before a vote of thanks was proposed by Cllr Sarah Jones.
The Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre would like to thank everyone who supported and contributed to a most enjoyable, entertaining and successful concert. Diolch yn fawr i bawb wnaeth gefnogi.