CROESO

Welcome to the

Chelmsford & District Welsh Society

 

    Membership is open to anyone with Welsh origins or connections,          or to anyone with an appreciation of Welsh heritage and traditions.

     There are currently 90 members and you would be warmly welcomed to come and join us for one of our meetings.

 

OUR NEXT MEETING

AT THE CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL CHAPTER HOUSE

WEDNESDAY June 26th 2019

7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m. 

 

ANUAL GENERAL MEETING

and QUIZ NIGHT

 

Last year's AGM Minutes

are available HERE

Please check them out before the meeting

 

   PHOTOS OF THE BRIDGEND VISIT AND THE CONCERT AVAILABLE  HERE

 

 

 Intensive Welsh Summer Course Professional Welsh Course

Aberystwyth Intensive Welsh Summer Course July 29 - August 23, 2019
For more information and a registration form, please go to: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/departmental/learnwelsh/pdf/Brosiwr-Cwrs-Haf-Dwys-2019---Interactive.pdf

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Shirleys

 

Saturday JUNE 29th at 3.00 p.m. at Radley Green Farm

This delightful social event is the first fund raising event of the new President's year and is a ticketed event limited to 40 guests only.

Tickets at £7.50 per person are available from Kay Bright or may be reserved through the website contact form.

 

 

 

RECENT EVENTS

MAY 2019 MEETING REPORT

CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT 

explores Patrick Moore's

musical legacy 

 

                          President, Ivy Price                                              Christopher Beaumont                 

 

Patrick Moore’s Musical Legacy was the theme at the May meeting of the Society. Most people remember him as the quite unselfconscious  British eccentric – a populariser of science without equal. In his obituary in the Guardian, Dennis Barker described him as having the air of a crusty, uncompromising bachelor and slightly dotty boffin.....straight out of a Victorian or Edwardian novel.....a distinguished amateur astronomer, prolific author, composer and manic xylophone player. His father Capt. Charles Calder-Moore died when Patrick was young, and he was educated at home by tutors and his mother, Gertrude, a retired opera singer, as he suffered from a heart condition. He developed an interested in astronomy at the age of 6 and became a member of the British Astronomical Association at the age of 11.
The subject of Christopher Beaumont’s presentation was the other major lifelong interest of this remarkable man: music. Patrick had the gift of perfect pitch, and from the age of 10 went on to compose 116 pieces of music and 3 comic operas. Self taught, much of his music was composed for xylophones. He also enjoyed performing, and on one occasion, at the Theatre Royal in Bath, he played 21 xylophone pieces, 19 of which were his own compositions. Christopher himself is also a remarkable man. He met Patrick when he was a schoolboy, and they went on to enjoy a lifelong friendship, so much so that he is now his archivist.....an enormous task since Sir Patrick left a vast library of material. Christopher displayed his own considerable musical talent by playing several pieces on the xylophone, including Penguin Parade, accompanied by the fine pianist Derek Carden. They were rewarded for their wonderful presentation by thunderous applause.
The other Society event held in May, a fundraising/charity coffee morning hosted by David and Edith Brown, raised £219.  

 

Christopher Beaumont with accompanist Derek Cardon

Patrick Moore with Christopher Beaumont                        Christopher Beaumont              

                     Derek Cardon                                              Vice President, Liz Armishaw

BRIDGEND MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERTJUNE 8th 2019

THE CHORISTERS WELCOMING TEA FOLLOWING THEIR JOURNEY FROM SOUTH WALES

PRESIDENT, IVY PRICE WELCOMES THE CHOIR TO CHELMSFORD

There was a near capacity audience at Chelmsford Cathedral on 8 June for the 52nd Annual Concert of Chelmsford and District Welsh Society, given by Bridgend Male Voice Choir, Serin, a close harmony trio of young ladies, and organist Scott Williams. The choir opened with Llanfair, followed by Schubert’s Heilig in German, John Rutter’s Down By the Sally Gardens, and the hymn tune Builth, showing an excellent mastery from pianissimo through to fortissimo throughout.  Scott then played R Vaughan William’s lovely arrangement of Rhosymedre. Serin followed with California Dreaming, an inspirational Tri Aderyn Cymraeg (Three Welsh Songbirds), a powerful Bridge Over Troubled Waters and concluded with a tender traditional Calon Lan (A Pure Heart) to the tune The Rose. The choir continued with the spiritual Ride the Chariot. A very moving song remembering the American Civil War followed, with Peter Morgan’s masterful recitation of the Gettysburg Address followed by a song Tell my Father, which recounts a letter written just before he died in battle by a slave to his father. Alwyn Hughes’s arrangement of the popular American Trilogy followed, with organ accompaniment at the climax.  The first half ended with another poignant reminder of those who were killed in battle during WW2, The Fallen.
After the interval, during which the choir sold all the CDs which they had bought, the choir sang What Would I Do Without My Music, Rhythm of Life and Singin’ in the Rain. Scott played Bach’s Nun danket alle Gott.  Serin sang a haunting Cwsg, Osian Cwsg (Sleep, Osian Sleep), Can you Feel the Love tonight from The Lion King, a Medley of Folk Songs and ended with a magnificent Andrew Sisters Boogy Woogie Bugle Song. The audience rose as one and called for an encore. The ladies responded with a beautiful rendition of an arrangement of Salm 121 (Psalm 121). Finally the choir sang three  well loved Welsh songs, a gentle and rather sad Myfanwy, surely the most beautiful love song ever written, J Howard’s arrangement of Davey Davies’s Y Darlyn (The Picture) and finally (Almost!) Gwahoddiad with its wonderful crescendos of Amens, enhanced by organ accompanyment. They were not allowed to leave, however, without an encore, and obliged  with Gunod’s Cristus Salvator, with its bonus of another  crescendos of Amens.
The audience also had an opportunity to exercise their lungs, which they did admirably, joining the choir for an enthusiastic rendering of Unwaith Eto’n Nghymru Annwyl (Once Again in Dear Wales) at the commencement of the  second half, and Calon Lan at the conclusion.
One of the prerogatives of being the President of the Society is to chose which choir and soloists to invite to give the concert. Ivy Price was deservedly proud and delighted with the wonderful concert we had all experienced, and rewarded the Musical Director, Ryan Wood, the accompanist Stephanie Bailey, Scott Williams the Organist, the compare Gareth Davies, and the members of Serin, Rhianna Davies, Caitlyn Hudson and Joanne Griffiths, with gifts of thanks. Finally, the audience and choir raised the roof with a joyful rendering of the National Anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
The Society are grateful to the inhabitants of Chelmsford and district for the enthusiastic support they have given to the concert over the past 52 years. The 53rd Annual Concert will be held in the Cathedral on Saturday 6 June, when Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir, who last performed to a capacity audience in the Cathedral in 2011, will sing.       

COMPERE, Gareth Davies                                           MUSICAL DIRECTOR, Ryan Wood

BRIDGEND MALE VOICE CHOIR 

CHORISTERS

CHORISTERS

SERIN, 

Rhianna Davies, Caitlyn Hudson and Joanne Griffiths

ORGANIST, Scott Williams