Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts 2018
For fifteen days in September our ancient and modern parish church came alive with the sound of music.
The Festival was launched by the ethereal voice of countertenor, Ralph Williams, accompanied by our own Hywel Evans. Ralph is a former Choral Scholar at All Saints' and we wish him well as he begins his studies at the Northern College of Music.
Next came the hugely talented Aderyn String Quartet, who gave a delightful concert of classical and contemporary music - from Mozart to the Beatles,
The Gwalia Singers attracted a large audience and were joined by Mumbles' very own opera star, Ros Evans. Then followed the talented 'in house' organists of All Saints' for what has now become an annual recital.
One of the highlights of the Festival was the performance of Sir Karl Jenkins' emotive work, 'Stabat Mater'. The Festival Choir was accompanied by the British Sinfionetta, with Hywel Evans on the organ, and soloists, Belinda Sykes and Ros Evans, under the musical direction of Luke Spencer. It was a very moving and highly charged performance that concert goers will talk about for some time!
The Men's Fellowship then sponsored 'The Gentlemen Entertain'. Hywel Evans played the Steinway grand piano, Luke Spencer played the harpsichord, Grafton Maggs read two of his ever popular stories and James Murray was the baritone soloist. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Attendance at the Llanrhidian Ladies Choir and Pontyclun Cantorian concert was affected by the terribly wet weather and flooding. Undeterred, they presented a lovely programme to a small but very appreciative audience.
Ever popular jazz musician, Dave Cottle, presented a foot tapping concert to an almost full house. We very much hope that he will return to the festival again next year.
The concerts were rounded off by the Swansea Bay Symphony Orchestra and Uplands Arts. We were treated to Gilbert and Sullivan, Rogers and Hammerstein, film scores, and a 'Last Night of the Proms. It was a most enjoyable ending to a varied programme of concerts.
The Festival ended with an uplifting Choral Evensong sung by the Church Choir and to an equally uplifting sermon from Canon Huw Mosford [Vicar of Bro Lliedi, Llanelli]
Well over a thousand concert goers and performers came through the Church doors for the various events and services. We are most grateful to our patrons and sponsors, whose support helped us to plan this year's programme well in advance. We thank the performers, concert goers and our loyal team of helpers, welcomers and wine pourers. Special thanks to our Directors of Music and the festival committee, to Terry Branton [Patrons Chairman] and Bruce Roberts [Festival Administrator] for ensuring a most successful fifteen days of music making.
We are pleased to report that plans are already well underway for the Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts 2019.
We thank this year's Sponsors
ARTHUR LLEWELLYN JENKINS - PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY - CASH HARDWARE -
JUDITH ROBERTS OPTICIANS - CHEERS WINE MERCHANTS - PRESDEE'S OF MUMBLES -
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