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Men in Grey, Durham 2019
Our Chairman, Michael and his wife Dorothy, both choir members
Knighton Community Centre St David’s Day 2019
Lichfield Cathedral May 2018
There is only one place to start this article and that is by saying a HUGE
to everyone who supported the Llanfair Singers and Mig's Band charity concert and supper in December. Thanks to your efforts we raised well over £1400 and were able to round that amount up such that each of the three international charities was presented with a cheque for £500. Given that each charity was connected to a performer at the concert you will appreciate just how much that meant to us all. Thank you. Next Christmas, as part of our 3 year rotation between international, national, and local charities we shall be supporting a national charity.
With the Clun Concert on the 9th December, 2018 and the Everest Hall one on 15th December you could be forgiven for thinking that our singing for Christmas was over. However, no choir can enter the Christmas season without the wonderful abundance of Carol Services. So it was no surprise that we were still to be found singing -
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After two weeks of relaxation it was time to return to the serious business of singing again, with a whole programme ahead of us and much new music to learn. The arrival of St David's Day meant that, once again, the mastery of Welsh pronunciation was to the fore -
Once our other engagements have been completed, including a "meditation" at Llanfair Church on Good Friday, the choir heads off to the Stour Valley, in Suffolk, to sing at a concert hosted by the Stour Valley Singers on 4th May. This is part of our biennial concert series with them. Immediately upon our return -
As we finally come up for air we head off to Durham to sing Choral Evensong in the Cathedral on the 1st July. I suspect that, as always, there will be many other requests for us to sing in the interim and one thing is certain -
Following on from the last time, I am delighted to report that all the money raised from the charity concert has now been received by the three charities -
We received very appreciative letters from all of the charities but I shall let the words of Andrew Lewis suffice. He was able not only to take our gift to his charity with him but to do so in the form of the much needed books that the school were so desperate for: "This has been a huge success -
Whilst many of us enjoyed an Easter break the rest of the choir were incredibly busy rehearsing for the Good Friday service of meditation at St Mary's, Llanfair. The performances (which included Haydn's Kyrie and Agnus Dei and John IV of Portugal's Crux Fidelis) were most moving.
With Easter over, it was off to Sudbury in Suffolk for the May Bank holiday weekend. There, the choir was royally hosted and entertained by the Stour Valley Singers in advance of our biennial concert together. Each choir sang their own programme with two solo items by Graham Trew and Becky Sherman -
With only five days breathing space we were all off again, but this time to Chapel Lawn for the concert to celebrate the new organ in St Mary's Church. In true Llanfair Singers' style we appreciated the canapés and champagne -
June 2019 West goes East
Like all choirs, Llanfair SIngers have a uniform and, like all choirs it is a constant source of debate. Not surprisingly the hunt is on for a new uniform which meets with universal approval (if such a thing is possible!) and to that end a cat-
After all this excitement we started rehearsals not only for singing Choral Evensong at Durham Cathedral on 1st July but in readiness for next year's series of performances ........... and then, exhausted, we shall break for the summer, but not until we have enjoyed a well earned rest after the essential choir party with, you've guessed it, much good food and wine.
Uniform Debate June 2019
That reliance upon each other builds in a real dedication to the choir and our trip to Durham certainly demonstrated that: two members discovered that other commitments meant that they had no choice but to make the return journey in one day; another member's partner had just had their passport and money stolen whilst abroad the previous evening -
Needless to say the service was a wonderful experience and the choir received fulsome praise for their contribution not least from the vice Dean who immediately gave us an open invitation to return and offered to recommend the choir to the next Cathedral that we are to sing at!
Spare a thought, though, for the pressure that such last minute arrivals place upon the Directors of music -
This level of dedication was also evident the following Saturday when our Directors of Music, Graham Trew and Richard Lewis, hosted the choir party. Where, you might say, was the dedication? Apart from the phenomenal amount of work that hosting a party for 50 entails (Thank you Graham and Richard) there was the little matter of eating all of the food that members brought and sampling the many bottles of wonderful .......... refreshments... that were also brought. This is Llanfair Singers...and NOTHING can be wasted. Now that IS dedication! And so it was that our year ended
The first rehearsal of the Choir's new year is scheduled to start immediately following the AGM on 12th Sept. and new members are most welcome to join us.
This year, rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings 7.30pm -
The annual concerts will be at Clun on 15th December and our Charity Concert at the Everest Hall on 22nd December and they will be true Christmas concerts. Make sure that you have your tickets!
Anyone who has ever belonged to a team of any kind knows that every individual is important to the whole group -
26 may seem like a good number -
Suddenly, the importance of each individual is obvious!
Durham Cathedral Evensong 1st July 2019