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Festival Of Remembrance Concert

The annual Festival of Remembrance Concert takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre on Sunday, November 1, honouring our Armed Forces past and present. 

The annual event,  organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in association with the Royal British Legion, gives residents the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces Community and raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

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 rousing performances by Cor Meibion Morlais and Cambrian Male Voice Choir 

Rhondda-based Cor Meibion Morlais traces its origins back to 1928 and the choristers, who travel the world, have worked with such greats as Dame Gwyneth Jones, Heddle Nash and Stuart Burrows. 

Cambrian Male Voice Choir, based in Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, was formed in the late 19th Century and was made up of employees of the Cambrian Colliery. Today the choir is led by musical director Fred Nicholas and accompanist Brian James. 

Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Libraries and Heritage, with responsibility for Armed Forces, said“Our Festival of Remembrance Concert is always a special event in our calendar, none more so as we continue our First World War centenary commemorations. 

“The Concert is a time for remembrance, reflection and for giving thanks. It is the time for communities to come together as one voice to ensure that the great sacrifices made 100 years ago by so many people are never forgotten.” 

The Festival of Remembrance complements Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant, which continues to build 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 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.

The Festival of Remembrance takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad on Sunday, November 1 (7pm). 

Tickets are priced £6 and are available by calling the Box Office on 08000 147111 or from Rhondda Sports Centre. All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal