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Festival Of Remembrance Concert

The Festival of Remembrance Concert takes place on Sunday, November 2

The annual Festival of Remembrance concert takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre on Sunday, November 2, honouring our Armed Forces past and present.

The annual event is being organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, in association with the Royal British Legion, which this year is one of the chosen charities to benefit from the Mayor’s Appeal.

It also coincides with a series of commemoration events taking place across the County Borough marking the centenary of the First World War.

The Festival of Remembrance Concert will feature The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, with Director of Music, Major Denis Burton.

The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh have 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.

There will also be a rousing performance by Treorchy Male Choir, which for the past 130 years has been entertaining audiences around the world on stage and screen.

With sell-out concerts at the Sydney Opera House and performances on the Royal Variety Show, they have become internationally renowned. For the past two years they have made regular visits to Monte Carlo at the royal invitation of Prince Albert II in the Hotel de Paris.

Musical Director Jeffrey Howard will lead the choristers through a varied repertoire of Welsh and modern classics to suit all tastes.

Sharing the bill also is the Heritage Singers Ladies Choir, with their Musical Director Fred Nicholas.

Formed in 2004, the choral group travels all around Wales encouraging the “voice of women” in an area where male choirs are predominant. With members from all over the Rhondda Valleys, they come from all walks of life – nurses, teachers, housewives and females who just enjoy singing in the company of like-minded ladies.

Cllr Keiron Montague, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Communities and Housing, with responsibility for the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant, said: “Our Festival of Remembrance Concert this year will be especially poignant as it coincides with the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.

“It was a War which had such a profound impact on all of our communities, and it is important that today’s generation remembers and never forgets our past to ensure that the sacrifice and service of 100 years ago is still remembered 100 years from now.”

The Festival of Remembrance complements Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant, which builds upon the Council’s important work to date and the existing strong relationship and respect between armed forces personnel and local communities.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was recently the first Local Authority in Wales to also sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant - a voluntary pledge made by groups and organisations wishing to demonstrate their concrete support for the Armed Forces community.

It complements the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant and proudly sits alongside the Council’s Community Covenant, demonstrating its commitment and support to the Armed Forces family as part of its community leadership role.

The Festival of Remembrance takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre on Sunday, November 2 (7pm). Tickets are priced £6 and are available by calling the Box Office on 08000 147111. All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.