Performance Feedback
Sylwadau Cyngherddau

Reports, generally by Tony Davies, and feedback from audience members and concert organisers for Victoria Welsh Choir concerts and other appearances in Melbourne and beyond in 2018.  (For earlier events see under "History".)

Echuca

Campaspe Valley Bowls Final, 10th March 2018

From the Riverine Herald of 16th March:

Three Echuca men from the Victoria Welsh Male Choir strutted their stuff on Saturday.

Ken McMullan, Garry Salisbury, and Ivan Ryall (pictured from left) sang Advance Australia Fair to open the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division's weekend pennant grand final.

Ken, Garry and Ivan will be joined by 40 others from the choir on Sunday, April 22 when a concert is held at Echuca's Paramount Theatre.


Riverine Herald

Echuca-Moama Choir River Voices will also be involved on the night.

''Because we wore black suits on Saturday it was pretty hot but it was good, '' Ken said.  ''That was probably the first time they've had someone do that, sing and open the event.''

Ken, who has been in the Welsh choir for five years, encourages as many people as possible to attend the concert in April.  It will follow the Choir's last show at the Paramount in 2015.  Tickets are on sale now and are $35 for an adult, $20 for children, $20 for student.  Concessions, Seniors and Groups are $30. The show will get under way  from 2pm.

Interested people can call the Paramount on 5482 3399 for information.


Cymanfa Ganu

St. Michael’s Uniting Church, 4th March 2018


As part of the Welsh Church’s St David’s Day celebrations, a Cymanfa Ganu (Singing Festival) was held on Sunday afternoon 4 March at St Michael’s Church, Collins Street.

Our guests at our 2 March concert – conductor Ilid Anne Jones and tenors Aled Wyn Davies and Rhys Meirion – were the main guests of the Welsh Church and were joined by Blue Riband winner Steffan Prys Roberts. During the course of the very varied program, they all performed magnificently either in solos, duets or as a trio.

VicWelsh was joined by three other Welsh choirs and a community choir. Geelong Welsh Ladies sang Y Mae Afon by themselves with all male choirs combining on Benedictus, and Morte Criste. All five choirs and the three tenors joined together on Nearer My God to Thee.

As well as these items, all choristers joined with the capacity congregation to sing ten different well-known hymns, accompanied by organ, brass and timpani.

At the end of the Gymanfa Ganu, all choirs, all patrons and all the guest singers stood to passionately sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.


St David's Day

Welsh Musical Celebration

2 March 2018 at the Melbourne Recital Centre

The choir was back at the magnificent Melbourne Recital Hall on 2 March for an evening performance laden with stars from Wales.

As befitted this very Welsh concert, Gwŷr Harlech set the linguistic and musical tone as the opening number. After Nigel McGuckian gave the Acknowledgment of Country, Musical Director Faleiry Koczkar OAM showed a Welsh flag given to the choir by the famous Max Boyce and spoke about its importance.

Guest Ilid Anne Jones then came on stage to conduct the choir with the rousing temperance song Rachie before telling the capacity audience something about its provenance, followed by bibliographical information about the next three numbers – Y Tangnefeddwyr, Rhys and the ever-popular Cwm Rhondda. With the final chorus, Ilid invited patrons to join in which they did with considerable force.


Photo David Smith

Compère Drew Hopkins next introduced Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies, two of the famous Three Welsh Tenors. The very versatile Ilid moved to the grand piano to accompany their first duet Y Ddau Wladgarwyr (The Two Patriots) by the prolific composer Joseph Parry who also wrote Myfanwy which would be sung later in the program. Their voices took full advantage of the hall’s internationally-renowned acoustics which also resonated with the appreciative applause.

With Lorna on piano and Nigel on flute, Ilid conducted Rhys and the choir on her own arrangement of the beautiful Anfonaf Angel. Aled then came back on to lead the choir on the epic Diolch I’r Iôr, with his high tenor voice reaching every corner of the hall.

With everybody’s appetites whetted for more of this world-class singing, back came Rhys to join Aled as they launched into one of the best-known opera pieces – The Pearl Fishers’ Duet. Understandably, their marvellous rendition ‘brought the house down’. Ilid made a move to exit but had to sit back down at the piano as the two tenors unexpectedly returned to thank everybody with an encore. This took them back to the riches of the Welsh hymnal repertoire with Lausanne sung to the words of William Williams.

The pure Welsh content continued with Aled leading the choir on Yfory (Tomorrow), with wonderfully sensitive accompaniment once again by Nigel on flute and by Lorna on the grand piano. After sustained applause, Rhys came back with the choir, to finish the first half by singing the traditional Eisteddfod welcome to all returning Welsh people – the very emotional Unwaith Eto’n‘Nghymru Annwyl.

With Faleiry back on the podium, the second half commenced with Land of my Song, a specially commissioned piece which had had its world première last year when we were conducted by the composer Paul Jarman. This fine work also featured excellent solos by bass Bob Ash and tenor Geoff Roberts. Compère Drew then explained the background to Jarman’s iconic song about the Aboriginal guerrilla fighter Pemulwuy, with the choir’s enthusiastic performance equally enthusiastically received.

Not a world première but the first time the choir had performed a very modern and difficult song by leading Welsh composer Karl Jenkins – In These Stones Horizons Sing.

In complete contrast this was followed by an a cappella version of Myfanwy which showcased the choir’s control of soft singing.

Drew alluded to the ways in which Welsh performers had extended their musical horizons around the world. Cardiff-born Ivor Novello was remembered with We’ll Gather Lilacs with the reprise eagerly and tenderly taken up by the audience. Harry Secombe was replaced by our own hugely-talented Rushan Hewawasam on How Great Thou Art and Tom Jones by heartthrob Roger Bartlett on the well-known Green Green Grass of Home, again joined by all of our tuneful patrons.

Back came Ilid to conduct Rhys and the choir in All Through the Night, followed by Aled on the lullaby Suo Gân. Ilid then addressed the wonderful audience, not only to thank them but to give heartfelt thanks to Faleiry and Lorna.

To finish, soloists Drew and Geoff Serpell led the choir in Faleiry and Lorna’s arrangement of a modern version of Waltzing Matilda which craftily segues into the Welsh National Anthem. For that final part we were joined on stage by Ilid, Rhys and Aled who naturally stayed on as Faleiry asked the audience to stand as we more formally sang Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. With Ilid’s soprano voice and the magnificent two tenors, the hall absolutely resounded with pride, passion and huge appreciation for a truly Welsh concert.

Comments from audience members:

  • Best St. David’s Day concert I’ve ever been to. I also noticed a few more Amens in the performance which I liked. I really enjoyed Nigel’s flute playing. Joan (over 30 St. D. Day concerts)
  • My companions and I are from North Wales and are now touring Australia. Notwithstanding being away from home, we wanted to celebrate St. David’s Day. You helped us do that brilliantly. Diolch yn fawr iawn a phob lwc i chi gyd.
  • A wonderful evening at a brilliant venue. Although not Welsh born, I lived ten years as a child in the coal mining area of South Wales. This music brings those years back to me. Thank you for promoting such a wonderful choir.
  • My daughter and I attended the concert and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly love the old hymns and always watch “Songs of Praise”. We also attended Aled Jones' concert recently which was good and Harry Secombe was a great favourite of mine. We both thought the guest conductor Ilid was excellent.
  • A very enjoyable evening.
  • Love your concert. All the little bits of audience participation - just enough - is lovely. Many of us learned “Men of Harlech” at school.
  • As a visitor to Melbourne it was a truly Welsh night and a perfectly lovely evening. Joan
  • Great concert. Credit to all choristers and solo performers. We have followed the Vic Welsh Choir for about 30 years. Jim, Glen Waverley.
  • OUTSTANDING CONCERT!! (UK resident.)
  • Excellent concert and venue. Good choice of programme and soloists. Diolch yn fawr!
  • This was our first visit to the Recital Centre but we will certainly go again. A very enjoyable evening.
  • I think that the Sunset Poem where the choir walks out into the audience is Very effective, must do more often! Fantastic St. David’s Day concert. I hope to be part of the choir for the next. Paul.
  • We always very much enjoy our visits to the Vic Welsh Choir.
  • Best program ever.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed each performance I have attended. The music team and choristers are to be commended for such professional display.
  • All Good!!
  • It was a really wonderful concert! Such a warm friendly feeling from Faleiry and Ilid and the tenors were absolutely SUPERB. Thank you.
  • Fabulous concert Friday night!!  Marilyn

We have also received this message from the Secretary of the Welsh Church:

  • We congratulate the "Vic Welsh" on the wonderful success of their concert last Friday evening.  A terrific evening of entertainment!


Rhys Meirion

Ilid Anne Jones

Aled Wyn Davies


Vale Bill Boyer

10 May 1924 – 25 December 2017

Bill’s funeral service was held on 3 January 2018 at the Salvation Army Citadel in Briar Hill. Many colleagues and fellow soldiers were in attendance, along with his extended family and ten members of Victoria Welsh Choir, of which Bill had been a faithful and committed member for 20 years.

Joining the Salvation Army at 16, Bill had mastered a variety of brass instruments during his 70 years and had also served as corps secretary and treasurer as well as male voice party leader.

Capt. Ken Smith conducted the service which included two Army hymns – Simply Trusting and O Boundless Salvation. Major June Purdy remembered Bill as the kindly father of her friend and took as the scripture reading Psalm 121.  Daughters Margaret and Judith joined brother Lindsay to sing a very accomplished harmonious Blessed Assurance with the congregation joining in on the final chorus.

The family tribute reinforced what choir members remembered – that Bill was a hard-working, humble and modest man and a true gentleman.

Music being such an important part of his life, an audio-visual presentation was accompanied by a favourite Army number A Sunbeam by Phil Catelinet and his casket was escorted out to the strains of Carlton’s club song, We are the navy blues…we’re the team that never lets you down – a very fitting reflection on the man that Bill Boyer was.


For earlier performances see "History".













Performance Feedback
Sylwadau Cyngherddau

Reports, generally by Tony Davies, and feedback from audience members and concert organisers for Victoria Welsh Choir concerts and other appearances in Melbourne and beyond in 2018.  (For earlier events see under "History".)

Echuca

Campaspe Valley Bowls Final, 10th March 2018

From the Riverine Herald of 16th March:

Three Echuca men from the Victoria Welsh Male Choir strutted their stuff on Saturday.

Ken McMullan, Garry Salisbury, and Ivan Ryall (pictured from left) sang Advance Australia Fair to open the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division's weekend pennant grand final.

Ken, Garry and Ivan will be joined by 40 others from the choir on Sunday, April 22 when a concert is held at Echuca's Paramount Theatre.


Riverine Herald

Echuca-Moama Choir River Voices will also be involved on the night.

''Because we wore black suits on Saturday it was pretty hot but it was good, '' Ken said.  ''That was probably the first time they've had someone do that, sing and open the event.''

Ken, who has been in the Welsh choir for five years, encourages as many people as possible to attend the concert in April.  It will follow the Choir's last show at the Paramount in 2015.  Tickets are on sale now and are $35 for an adult, $20 for children, $20 for student.  Concessions, Seniors and Groups are $30. The show will get under way  from 2pm.

Interested people can call the Paramount on 5482 3399 for information.


Cymanfa Ganu

St. Michael’s Uniting Church, 4th March 2018


As part of the Welsh Church’s St David’s Day celebrations, a Cymanfa Ganu (Singing Festival) was held on Sunday afternoon 4 March at St Michael’s Church, Collins Street.

Our guests at our 2 March concert – conductor Ilid Anne Jones and tenors Aled Wyn Davies and Rhys Meirion – were the main guests of the Welsh Church and were joined by Blue Riband winner Steffan Prys Roberts. During the course of the very varied program, they all performed magnificently either in solos, duets or as a trio.

VicWelsh was joined by three other Welsh choirs and a community choir. Geelong Welsh Ladies sang Y Mae Afon by themselves with all male choirs combining on Benedictus, and Morte Criste. All five choirs and the three tenors joined together on Nearer My God to Thee.

As well as these items, all choristers joined with the capacity congregation to sing ten different well-known hymns, accompanied by organ, brass and timpani.

At the end of the Gymanfa Ganu, all choirs, all patrons and all the guest singers stood to passionately sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.


St David's Day

Welsh Musical Celebration

2 March 2018 at the Melbourne Recital Centre

The choir was back at the magnificent Melbourne Recital Hall on 2 March for an evening performance laden with stars from Wales.

As befitted this very Welsh concert, Gwŷr Harlech set the linguistic and musical tone as the opening number. After Nigel McGuckian gave the Acknowledgment of Country, Musical Director Faleiry Koczkar OAM showed a Welsh flag given to the choir by the famous Max Boyce and spoke about its importance.

Guest Ilid Anne Jones then came on stage to conduct the choir with the rousing temperance song Rachie before telling the capacity audience something about its provenance, followed by bibliographical information about the next three numbers – Y Tangnefeddwyr, Rhys and the ever-popular Cwm Rhondda. With the final chorus, Ilid invited patrons to join in which they did with considerable force.


Photo David Smith

Compère Drew Hopkins next introduced Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies, two of the famous Three Welsh Tenors. The very versatile Ilid moved to the grand piano to accompany their first duet Y Ddau Wladgarwyr (The Two Patriots) by the prolific composer Joseph Parry who also wrote Myfanwy which would be sung later in the program. Their voices took full advantage of the hall’s internationally-renowned acoustics which also resonated with the appreciative applause.

With Lorna on piano and Nigel on flute, Ilid conducted Rhys and the choir on her own arrangement of the beautiful Anfonaf Angel. Aled then came back on to lead the choir on the epic Diolch I’r Iôr, with his high tenor voice reaching every corner of the hall.

With everybody’s appetites whetted for more of this world-class singing, back came Rhys to join Aled as they launched into one of the best-known opera pieces – The Pearl Fishers’ Duet. Understandably, their marvellous rendition ‘brought the house down’. Ilid made a move to exit but had to sit back down at the piano as the two tenors unexpectedly returned to thank everybody with an encore. This took them back to the riches of the Welsh hymnal repertoire with Lausanne sung to the words of William Williams.

The pure Welsh content continued with Aled leading the choir on Yfory (Tomorrow), with wonderfully sensitive accompaniment once again by Nigel on flute and by Lorna on the grand piano. After sustained applause, Rhys came back with the choir, to finish the first half by singing the traditional Eisteddfod welcome to all returning Welsh people – the very emotional Unwaith Eto’n‘Nghymru Annwyl.

With Faleiry back on the podium, the second half commenced with Land of my Song, a specially commissioned piece which had had its world première last year when we were conducted by the composer Paul Jarman. This fine work also featured excellent solos by bass Bob Ash and tenor Geoff Roberts. Compère Drew then explained the background to Jarman’s iconic song about the Aboriginal guerrilla fighter Pemulwuy, with the choir’s enthusiastic performance equally enthusiastically received.

Not a world première but the first time the choir had performed a very modern and difficult song by leading Welsh composer Karl Jenkins – In These Stones Horizons Sing.

In complete contrast this was followed by an a cappella version of Myfanwy which showcased the choir’s control of soft singing.

Drew alluded to the ways in which Welsh performers had extended their musical horizons around the world. Cardiff-born Ivor Novello was remembered with We’ll Gather Lilacs with the reprise eagerly and tenderly taken up by the audience. Harry Secombe was replaced by our own hugely-talented Rushan Hewawasam on How Great Thou Art and Tom Jones by heartthrob Roger Bartlett on the well-known Green Green Grass of Home, again joined by all of our tuneful patrons.

Back came Ilid to conduct Rhys and the choir in All Through the Night, followed by Aled on the lullaby Suo Gân. Ilid then addressed the wonderful audience, not only to thank them but to give heartfelt thanks to Faleiry and Lorna.

To finish, soloists Drew and Geoff Serpell led the choir in Faleiry and Lorna’s arrangement of a modern version of Waltzing Matilda which craftily segues into the Welsh National Anthem. For that final part we were joined on stage by Ilid, Rhys and Aled who naturally stayed on as Faleiry asked the audience to stand as we more formally sang Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. With Ilid’s soprano voice and the magnificent two tenors, the hall absolutely resounded with pride, passion and huge appreciation for a truly Welsh concert.

Comments from audience members:

  • Best St. David’s Day concert I’ve ever been to. I also noticed a few more Amens in the performance which I liked. I really enjoyed Nigel’s flute playing. Joan (over 30 St. D. Day concerts)
  • My companions and I are from North Wales and are now touring Australia. Notwithstanding being away from home, we wanted to celebrate St. David’s Day. You helped us do that brilliantly. Diolch yn fawr iawn a phob lwc i chi gyd.
  • A wonderful evening at a brilliant venue. Although not Welsh born, I lived ten years as a child in the coal mining area of South Wales. This music brings those years back to me. Thank you for promoting such a wonderful choir.
  • My daughter and I attended the concert and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly love the old hymns and always watch “Songs of Praise”. We also attended Aled Jones' concert recently which was good and Harry Secombe was a great favourite of mine. We both thought the guest conductor Ilid was excellent.
  • A very enjoyable evening.
  • Love your concert. All the little bits of audience participation - just enough - is lovely. Many of us learned “Men of Harlech” at school.
  • As a visitor to Melbourne it was a truly Welsh night and a perfectly lovely evening. Joan
  • Great concert. Credit to all choristers and solo performers. We have followed the Vic Welsh Choir for about 30 years. Jim, Glen Waverley.
  • OUTSTANDING CONCERT!! (UK resident.)
  • Excellent concert and venue. Good choice of programme and soloists. Diolch yn fawr!
  • This was our first visit to the Recital Centre but we will certainly go again. A very enjoyable evening.
  • I think that the Sunset Poem where the choir walks out into the audience is Very effective, must do more often! Fantastic St. David’s Day concert. I hope to be part of the choir for the next. Paul.
  • We always very much enjoy our visits to the Vic Welsh Choir.
  • Best program ever.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed each performance I have attended. The music team and choristers are to be commended for such professional display.
  • All Good!!
  • It was a really wonderful concert! Such a warm friendly feeling from Faleiry and Ilid and the tenors were absolutely SUPERB. Thank you.
  • Fabulous concert Friday night!!  Marilyn

We have also received this message from the Secretary of the Welsh Church:

  • We congratulate the "Vic Welsh" on the wonderful success of their concert last Friday evening.  A terrific evening of entertainment!


Rhys Meirion

Ilid Anne Jones

Aled Wyn Davies


Vale Bill Boyer

10 May 1924 – 25 December 2017

Bill’s funeral service was held on 3 January 2018 at the Salvation Army Citadel in Briar Hill. Many colleagues and fellow soldiers were in attendance, along with his extended family and ten members of Victoria Welsh Choir, of which Bill had been a faithful and committed member for 20 years.

Joining the Salvation Army at 16, Bill had mastered a variety of brass instruments during his 70 years and had also served as corps secretary and treasurer as well as male voice party leader.

Capt. Ken Smith conducted the service which included two Army hymns – Simply Trusting and O Boundless Salvation. Major June Purdy remembered Bill as the kindly father of her friend and took as the scripture reading Psalm 121.  Daughters Margaret and Judith joined brother Lindsay to sing a very accomplished harmonious Blessed Assurance with the congregation joining in on the final chorus.

The family tribute reinforced what choir members remembered – that Bill was a hard-working, humble and modest man and a true gentleman.

Music being such an important part of his life, an audio-visual presentation was accompanied by a favourite Army number A Sunbeam by Phil Catelinet and his casket was escorted out to the strains of Carlton’s club song, We are the navy blues…we’re the team that never lets you down – a very fitting reflection on the man that Bill Boyer was.


For earlier performances see "History".
















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