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Festival of Remembrance Concert

The Festival of Remembrance

The annual Festival of Remembrance Concert has taken place at Rhondda Sports Centre, honouring our Armed Forces past and present and commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

The annual event is 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 Charity Appeal.

Among the attendees at the concert were Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr John Watts, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan, and the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Mrs Kate Thomas CVO.

Making up the official Parade was the Royal Navy, The Army, Royal Air Force, Cadets, Local Organisations and the Chelsea Pensioners.

The Festival of Remembrance Concert featured 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.

On the night they performed everything from the popular Welsh hymn Calon Lan to Let It Go, from the Disney movie Frozen.

The band is the last surviving all brass band left within British Army Music and are favourites at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff during Welsh international rugby matches.

There was also a rousing performance by Treorchy Male Choir, with stirring renditions of Bryn Myrddin, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, Roses of Picardy and You Make Me Feel So Young.

Musical director Jeffrey Howard led the choristers through the repertoire, much to the enjoyment and delight of the packed audience.

Sharing the bill were The Heritage Singers Ladies Choir, with their Musical Director Fred Nicholas, with such numbers as As Long As I Have Music and The Nuns’ Chorus and The Mansions of the Lord.

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.

The soloists on the night were Lucie-Anne Davies and Georgia Williams and compere was John Asquith.

Cllr Keiron Montague, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Communities and Housing, with responsibility for the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant, said: “Each year this concert provides us with an opportunity to both commemorate and show our respect for all those who have served our country in the past and also recognise the contribution currently being made by the men and women of our Armed Forces across the world.

“Our Festival of Remembrance Concert was even more poignant this year as it coincided with the centenary year of the First World War.

“We thank all the performers most sincerely for making it such a special night, and also thank the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf for coming along in great numbers.”

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.

All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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