The 20th Anniversary of the children’s choir was celebrated in wonderful style with a superb concert featuring the Community Chorus, talented singing trio SERIN (all recently graduated from university), and the Children’s Choir themselves. The concert also marked the retirement, from a 40 year conducting career, of the children’s musical director, Nigel Jones.
Standards were very high and the variety of music performed was wide-ranging.
The Community Chorus began with songs from southern Africa. SERIN then charmed the audience with beautiful performances of three Welsh songs before the children took the stage singing a Brazilian lullaby followed by a medley of three songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats”.
The second half of the concert followed the same pattern, beginning with the Community Chorus who were outstanding in their performance of Lennon and McCartney’s “With a Little Help From My Friends”. SERIN were at their very best giving heartfelt performances in their set of four songs – “You’ll never Walk Alone”, an a cappella version of “In The Mood”, stunning singing in “Bridge Over Trouble Water” and the very first song they learned, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. They were very generous in their tribute to Nigel with whom they have been working since they first joined Caerphilly Children’s Choir at just eight years of age!
The children’s choir second group of songs began with a version of Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric “Old Abram Brown”, the children processing on to the stage with the music building into a climax of four-part voices. “Firefly” provided a complete contrast with it’s fast tempo, swift moving harmonies and characterful singing. The children were at their very best in this song! Finally, two songs from “The Legend of the Green Lady of Caerphilly Castle” which Nigel had written for the original Caerphilly Children’s Choir in the late 1990s.
All performers then combined to sing “California Dreaming” bringing to an end a highly memorable concert and a fitting farewell to their founder, Nigel Jones.