Special guests were among the audience when Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir returned to Templeton Parish Church for a Sunday evening concert – the Bishop of St Davids, the Rt Rev’d Dr Joanna Penberthy, and her Chaplain, the Rev’d Shirley Murphy.
Bishop Penberthy and the Rev Shirley were welcomed along with the choir and audience by the Rector, the Rev Martin Cox, who reminded that Rev Shirley had been Curate at Templeton before taking up her role in the Bishop’s office.
He also spoke of his long connections with the male voice, over more than 30 years, during which the choir had staged at his churches at Monkton, Gorseinon and now Templeton.
Musical Director Juliet Rossiter chose a varied programme in Welsh and English, with Carole Rees as Accompanist and Matthew John as MC.
Regular soloist Alyson Griffiths, on flute, played ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘Somewhere’ - from the musical West Side Story – and First Tenor Peter Halifax (pictured above) accompanied himself on guitar with two items. Singer/songwriter Peter sang a folk song in the Ukrainian language, ‘Bili Kashtani’, and an original piece entitled ‘‘Greater is He that is within you’, all to warm acclaim. Juliet and Carole joined forces for a second concert duet at the keyboard to play two pieces by Johan Strauss – ‘Blue Danube’ and ‘Radetzky March’. Before the encore – the traditional South African melody ‘Siyahamba’ – Bishop Joanna gave the blessing and added how much she had enjoyed a live concert again.
Choir Chairman John Hillier thanked the church ladies for the excellent refreshments.
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