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 September 25th 2019

7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m. 

 

CROESO YN ÔL

A "Welcome Back" from our summer break

 

   PHOTOS OF THE BRIDGEND VISIT AND THE CONCERT AVAILABLE  HERE

 

NEXT YEAR's CONCERT 

AT CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL

 

 

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DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE CONCERT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2020 

NOT AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED

PLEASE CHECK YOUR DIARIES AND AMEND THE DATE

 

RECENT EVENTS

JUNE 2019

Annual General Meeting

and

Quiz

Presentation of the cheque to Ivy's charity SNAP

The AGM on 26 June was the last meeting of Ivy Price’s successful year as President of the Society. Her chosen charity had been the Brentwood based SNAP, which supports thousands of families, from all over Essex, with children and young people who have special needs and disabilities. A cheque for £1750 was presented to their representative. A sum of £664 had also been presented to other charities and worthy causes during the year, which, as usual included £150 for the winners of the male and female 16 to 19 year old solo competitions at the National Eisteddfod. Ivy thanked the members of the committee who had been very supportive during her year of office, and in particular her husband Mike, and Shirley and Don Moody for their generosity in hosting musical evenings, committee meetings, Welsh classes and the Summer Celebrations. She also paid tribute to the members of the Society for their support in great numbers at all 22 Society events: ten excellent monthly meetings; St David’s Day celebrations; Church services; annual concert; annual “pilgrimage” to the Land of Our Fathers; and five fund raising/charity events! Carys Williams presented her Treasurer’s Report, which showed that the the Society  was in good financial health, despite the challenging conditions. She emphasised the importance of maintaining the excellent standards of the presenters at the monthly meetings, and, to achieve this aim it was agreed unanimously that the subscription should be increased to £25 for the 2019/2020 season. Ivy then retired and Liz Armishaw was installed as President, with Arthur Williams as her Vice-President. Liz said she was greatly honoured to be President for the second time, and promised to do her best to maintain the high standard set by Ivy. The election of the committee members then took place. Liz thanked Enid Morris and Buddug Rowland Frank, who were retiring from the committee, for their valuable contribution. The remaining members continued in office and Sue Almond was voted on to the committee.
A quiz organised by Gwil Williams, with the assistance of Maureen, his wife, followed the break for strawberries and cream, and an opportunity for a sgwrs (chin wag).
The first event of Liz’s term of office was the Summer Celebration held at Radley Green Farm on a very hot 29th June Saturday, raising £350 for her chosen charity, The J’s. The first monthly meeting will be the traditional “Croeso yn Ol” (Welcome Back) on Wednesday 25 September, with an audio/ visual presentation of this year's Eisteddfodau by Mike Price, and celebrated with wine and refreshments.
 
Jim Armishaw

Ivy Price hands over the badge of office of the Presidency to Liz Armishaw

New President Liz Armishaw and her new vice President Arthur Williams

The evening's raffle is presided over by Sina Williams                  and the quiz is organised by Gwil Williams

The winning table each with their prize of a cake made by Maureen Williams

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 13th 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