On Saturday 29th April we had a Grand Concert in Colwyn Bay. It had been some time since we organised and held a concert in Colwyn Bay itself. However with the support of the Town Council we brought together some very impressive talent to join us in concert in the magnificent acoustic of St John’s Church in Colwyn Bay. Joining us on stage were Aled and Eleri Edwards, Harp and piano duo Piantel and the Llewyrch Ladies Choir. We hope to make this concert an annual event based on the success of this one. Here are details of the artistes that entertained should you see the opportunity to see any of them in future events.
Aled & Eleri Edwards now live on the family farm in Cilycwm, Llandovery, in the picturesque Tywi Valley, although Eleri is originally from Llangernyw in the Conwy Valley. They are accomplished soloists, and the highlight of both their singing careers was winning the coveted Blue Riband – The David Ellis Memorial Prize. Aled at the National Eistedddfod held at Bala in 1997, and Eleri in 2013 at the National Eisteddfod held at Denbigh. They are the only married couple to have achieved this prestigious prize. They are in great demand for oratorios and concerts where their repertoire of both solos and duets, are varied in style, and will appeal to all listeners. They span most musical eras and many genres, from classical to contemporary. Both Eleri and Aled have travelled extensively as guest soloists to countries all over the world, particularly Europe and North America. Most recently, Eleri was invited to Melbourne, Australia as guest soloist at the St Davids Day celebrations in 2014 Whilst both have concentrated on their individual singing careers for many years, this has developed recently into more and more concerts together, and consequently, a growing repertoire of duets. This has culminated in the recording of a CD of duets – Aled ac Eleri “Dau Fel Ni” (Two Like Us) – which was released recently.
Piantel is an established musical duo, namely Dylan Cernyw playing harp and Annette Bryn Parri the piano, that hasve been performing as soloists for many years; in 2005 they decided to combine their musical talents to bring you Piantel. During 2015 they celebrated 10 years of performing as Piantel. In their time together they have achieved success with a varied and wide range of experiences. Both Dylan and Annette are extremely well-known all over the country for their individual style and performances, accompanying and performing alongside some of our biggest stars: Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Rhys Meirion, Shan Cothi, Gwyn Hughes Jones, to name a few! Between them they have recorded five solo albums with the record company Sain and three Piantel albums, and they have appeared on many more recordings as accompanists. They celebrate 10 years of performing together with the launch of the 4th album once again with SAIN. Engagements have included recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Venue Cymru, Pavillion Theatre Rhyl, Galeri, Pontio, The National Eisteddfod of Wales on many occasions as well as The Royal Albert Hall in London. As well as stage performances they have appeared on many BBC broadcasting TV programmes as well as live radio shows.
‘Llewyrch’ Ladies Choir was formed three years ago on the request of ‘Avanti’ television company to take part in Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol for S4C. ilid Anne Jones is the Musical Director. There are 14 ladies in Llewyrch and they are from Caernarfon, Conway Valley, Bethesda, Anglesey and Bangor area. ‘Llewyrch’ takes much pleasure in performing at numerous concerts, singing festivals and charitable events and have a wide range of repertoire from sacred music to classical, film and traditional Welsh songs. They performed in Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and are looking forward to travel to London later this year. They have also appeared on Noson Lawen and Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol for S4C. Llewyrch also performed on Armed Forces Day in 2015.
To keep the order on the evening on course we had the unique talent of Dilwyn Price who put everybody at ease with his humour and great knowledge of music and guaranteed an enjoyable musical evening of a very entertaining variety.