It is always a delight and pleasure for the Choir to hold a concert with a local school each year and this year was no exception.
Over forty girls and boys of Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Church in Wales Primary School in Portskewett entertained a thrilled audience of over 150 with their enchanting harmonies, wonderful interpretation and excellent diction of well known and some less well known Yuletide songs and carols. The first part of their programme opened with a lovely song beginning ‘I am the Flowers’ followed by the second ‘I See You Walking Alone’ Their sublime rendition of Y Cwcw (The Cuckoo) in Welsh was a joy. The school’s first part was completed by a quartet of trumpeters playing ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ . The children were immaculately presented in black and grey, each adorned fetchingly in festive Santa hats and Reindeer antlers.
The choristers, as tradition demands were dressed in their festive Christmas attire with several silly hats, scarves, pullovers and ties on display. The repertoire opened with Vivaldi’s Gloria and included the rousing Casatchok, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, and unforgettably O Holy Night in which Siân, superbly as usual, took the soprano lead while Shirley Ann conducted. The Carol Singers was sung with much gusto and throat clearing humour, Silent Night and Shepherds Watch and Wise Men Wonder, enchantingly sung to the familiar tune of ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ and the medieval Nowell to the Merrie Citie completed the choir’s contribution to a wonderful evening of Christmas cheer.
A highlight of the evening was the finale piece when, after the children had sung a medley of well known Christmas songs including Joy to the World, Tell me a Story Shining star, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bells, they were joined by the choristers to sing the verses of ‘Silver Bells’ while the choir sang the chorus. The mix of the light childrens’ voices and the stronger voices of the choir led to an enthralling blend which received and deserved a prolonged ovation from the appreciative audience.
Photos by Coll and Leon