The RCT Festival of Remembrance concert took place at Rhondda Sports Centre
The RCT Festival of Remembrance concert has taken place at Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad, honouring our servicemen and women, past and present.
The annual event, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for the first time, in association with the Royal British Legion, was a great success.
There were performances by The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, with Director of Music, Major Denis Burton; Pendyrus Male Choir, with Musical Director Stewart Roberts and soloist Ashley Richards. The host for the evening will be John Asquith.
Pendyrus Male Choir, formed in 1924, has performed all over the world. Proud of its Welsh tradition, the choir is a member of the Welsh Music Guild and a member of the Welsh Amateur Music Federation.
The Regimental Band and and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh has a versatility and style of repertoire which is both unique and highly popular - whether on parade as a marching band or on the concert platform playing marching and popular tunes.
The band is the last surviving all brass band left within British Army Music and are favourites at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff during the Six Nations rugby championship.
They have made many television appearances and have performed all over the world - as well as many times for our Royal Family.
Cllr Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Justice, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended our Festival of Remembrance. It was our opportunity to say thank you and to remember our gallant servicemen and women, past and present. As well as being a very poignant concert, it was also a highly-entertaining evening.”
The Festival of Remembrance complemented Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant, which was officially launched last year, building upon the Council’s important work to date and the existing strong relationship and respect between armed forces personnel and local communities.
All proceeds raised on the night went to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.