A few days after celebrating his 94th birthday, Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir’s senior member, Frank Harries, was very much on home territory for the choir’s latest concert.
Frank, who has sung for 70 years with the choir, staged with colleagues at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Pembroke Dock, where he has been a lifelong member.
This was the second concert in a week for choristers and musical team and very much shirtsleeve order on a sunny Sunday evening. There was a very appreciative audience and a warm welcome from John Power on behalf of the church.
Musical Director Juliet Rossiter chose a varied programme ranging from patriotic ‘O Gymru’ to the spiritual ‘My Lord What A Morning’ and Sixties classics ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’. Accompanist was Carole Rees.
Soloists were Alyson Griffiths on flute, warmly applauded for ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘Cavatina’, and singer/songwriter and first tenor Peter Halifax. Peter accompanied himself on guitar to his own composition, ‘Heaven’s Train’ and the hymn ‘Praise Him’.
For the final items choristers welcomed back on stage after illness first tenor Rob Edwards and also Cor Meibion’s Tony Hossack.
The previous Tuesday the choir joined with the Serendipity Singers of Narberth at St John’s Church, Tenby - a regular venue - before an audience of 100. Welcomed by Liz Storey the choirs individually performed 16 items before joining for the lively ‘Syahamba’.
Carole Rees again accompanied the men while Juliet Rossiter - Musical Director for both - was continually in action, conducting every item and also playing for the ladies in the absence of their regular pianist.
Ladies from both churches provided excellent refreshments and were thanked by male voice chairman John Hillier.
Next male voice concert is on Tuesday July 18 at Lamphey Village Hall for Pembroke Farmers’ Club. The choir practices on Tuesday evenings at St Teilo’s Schoolroom, Pembroke Dock, from 7 pm.