The 20th Anniversary of Caerphilly Children’s Choir was celebrated with a superb concert at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall where the Children’s Choir were joined by Caerphilly Community Chorus and talented singing trio SERIN.
The concert also marked the retirement, after 40 years of choral conducting, of musical director, Nigel Jones.
The Community Chorus opened the concert with attractive arrangements of four songs from southern Africa. SERIN then delighted the audience with three Welsh songs before the Children’s Choir brought the first half to a close with a Brazilian lullaby and a medley of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “Cats”.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the Community Chorus hitting top form in their version of Lennon & McCartney’s “With a Little Help From My Friends”. SERIN (all recently graduated from university) then followed with performances of the highest quality which included particularly heartfelt singing in “Bridge Over Troubled Water” before finishing with the very first song they learned, an a cappella version of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. They were very generous in their tribute to Nigel with whom they have been working since they joined the children’s choir at just eight years of age.
The Children’s Choir began their final group of songs by processing on to the stage while singing Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric song “Old Abram Brown”. “Firefly” provided a complete contrast with the choir at their very best in this lively, characterful song. Then came two songs from “The Legend of the Green Lady of Caerphilly castle” which Nigel had written for the original Children’s Choir in the 1990s.
Finally, all performers combined in “California Dreaming”, bringing to an end a superb celebratory concert.