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The Willmott Dixon North Wales Choral Festival 2014

7-9 November 2014

We’ve got the North Wales Choral Festival blues in the office, we can’t believe it is over with for another year but what a weekend it was! 2014’s North Wales Choral Festival welcomed 41 choirs to Venue Cymru travelling from all over the UK, Ireland and The Isle of Man!

Schools Day

Once again our Festival Schools Day kicked off the weekend on Friday 7th November with 6 excitable choirs filling Venue Cymru with their energy and passion for music. For the second year running our schools day adjudicators Cefin Roberts, Mari Lloyd Pritchard and Trystan Lewis were wowed by their performances. Not only did the children get to compete they also took part in a bubble choral workshop – where bubbles meet music!

The Concert

I am sure anyone that went to The Concert will agree that it was one to remember as we welcomed much loved Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion to Venue Cymru to headline.

Rhys didn’t turn up to Venue Cymru alone, he bought with him 150 male voice choir members! Yes, we also wondered how they would fit on the stage! Our mass male voice choir was made up of Côr Meibion Colwyn, Côr Meibion Maelgwn and Côr Meibion Trelawnyd, which saw the three choirs perform together for the first time ever.

We also heard breath taking performances from Trio made up of three outstanding young Welsh singers - Bedwyr Parri, Emyr Wyn Gibson and Steffan Owen.Then Erin Gwyn Rossington proved to us exactly why she won the under 19’s female solosist category at the Urdd. We were honoured to have Annette Bryn Parri as our accompanist that evening whilst also performing a few solo pieces.

The evening was filled with solo performances, duets and then an incredible finale with all artists singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and the Welsh National anthem.

Cartrefi Conwy Community Performances are back!

After the success of last year’s community performances we thought Llandudno shoppers deserved another treat so we had four choirs doing five performances in various locations throughout Llandudno.

Yesteryear A-cappella had a busy day on Saturday as they did two community performances, one in St Georges Hotel and one for the busy shoppers in Marks & Spencer. Knutsford Star Choir took on the hustle and bustle outside Asda on the Sunday morning whilst Reading A440 choir did a touching performance at the cenotaph to mark remembrance Sunday.

Even though Tenovus charity choir weren’t competing over the weekend they were eager to do a community performance so on the Saturday they also performed to the customers at Asda, making their shopping experience extra special!

Festival Celebration Concert

The Festival Celebration Concert was extra popular this year with twelve choirs signed up to take part! All twelve choirs: Abbey Belles Chorus, Loreto Secondary School, Surrey Hills Chamber Choir, Manx Voices, Cantabile Youth Choir, Birmingham Canoldir Male Voice, Reading A440 Choir, Aloud in the Valley, Yesteryear A-cappella, Knutsford Star Choir, Vivacity and Chester Male Voice Choir got the chance to perform and have fun without the eyes of the adjudicators on them.

We’d like to thank all choirs that took part for making it such a special evening for us and all that attended!

Aprés Choir

After the Festival Celebration Concert we had our usual sing song in the Orme Suite. Most choirs that performed came back for a drink and some après singing.

We heard collaborations of choirs singing ‘bring me sunshine,’ ‘I’m singing in the rain’ and ‘it’s a long way to Tipperary.’ You even had some of The North Wales Choral Festival staff singing along!

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed your après singing and are amazed that even after a day of competitions and a concert you still have more to give!! There really is no stopping choirs!

A HUGE thank you to all choirs that competed over the weekend, it was lovely to see some familiar faces and of course to meet all the new choirs, we hope to see you all again in the future.

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