In April the choir undertook a trip to take part in the annual Pan Celtic Festival which took place in Derry Northern Ireland.
The Pan Celtic Festival (Irish: Féile Pan Cheilteach), is a Celtic language music festival held annually in the week following Easter, since its inauguration in 1971. The first Pan Celtic Festival took place in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Its aim is to promote the modern Celtic languages and cultures and artists from all six Celtic nations, Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales. Participants from all the nations take part.
On the final day there is a grand march through the city and one of our 1st Tenors Doug Hodge had the honour of carrying the Welsh Flag.
The choir won two out of three competitions it entered and came second in the third. It won the Male Voice Category, came second in the Open Choir which was one by the excellent mixed choir Cor y Dre from Caernarfon. Then the choir won the traditional song category sung in unison. The songs sung were the folk songs ‘Ar Lan y Mor’ and ‘Sospan Fach’.
The visit was from Thursday the 9th of April until Sunday the 12th. Whilst in Derry on the Friday our free day the choir visited the Bushmills Distillery of Irish Whiskey followed by a trip to the world heritage site of the Giants Causeway.
Some of our supporters and Mary our accompanist (2nd left) celebrating
Our supporters who came along on the trip also enjoyed the experience.