The Llysfaen Singers Summer
Concert proved to be one of the highlights of the 2014 Lisvane Festival.
A review of the concert noted:
“For a new choir not yet celebrating their
first anniversary, the Llysfaen Singers certainly gave a packed Memorial Hall a
Midsummer Musical evening to remember. A
varied and interesting programme was sung out with strong voices and
Their number, I’m a Believer, a 1960’s hit for The Monkeys, started the evening in style. From then on, this happy and enthusiastic bunch really went for it, displaying harmonies and skills that really shouldhave been beyond them. Their medley ofthe most popular songs from LesMiserables was a joy.
In a new venture for the Choir,
an octet gave an accomplished performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, followed up in their second spot with a lovely
interpretation of the Karl Jenkins version of All Things Bright and Beautiful.
To reach this standard so soon is a great credit to the Choir members
and is also a testament to the teaching and development skills of their leader,
Rachel Marsh, an accomplished soprano.
Rachel sang some inspired solos, and almost out-Bassey’d Bassey with her
version of Hey Big Spender.
Ably supported by Phil May at thepiano, the evening passed too quickly. Further pieces included: A James Bond Medley, Phantom of the Opera and a clever and enjoyable version of Bohemian Rhapsody – not an easy number to sing with all its different harmonies and changes. The evening closed with the Choir’s favourite piece, Rhythm of Life, leaving aknowledgeable and appreciative audience suitably impressed. Great credit is due to all.”
The Choir was very proud to perform a charity concert accompanying the children's choir from Lisvane Primary in aid of Teacher Aid.
The Llysfaen Singers and Llysfaen Primary School choir Present….
The Sound of Music.... on 2nd April 2014, at Livane Junior School.
This was an Easter concert packed with a variety of Music ranging from classical through to pop, The concert featured guest performers and the Llysfaen Primary School Choir.
The Llysfaen Singers raised £149 to the Teacher Aid charity.
The Choir first performed in December 2013 to a packed audience in the Memorial Hall.
The event was captured in the Lisvane Link:
"The first concert performed by the newly-formed Llysfaen Singers was held on 11th December, in the Lisvane Memorial Hall. The hall was packed - the concert attracted an audience approaching 140, and the choir received a standing ovation at the end.
Opening with ‘Gaudete’, a sacred 16th Century Christmas Carol, the concert got off to an enthusiastic start with music director Rachel Marsh making it clear that the choir was there for a celebration. Aside from works having a seasonal theme, the programme featured a selection of the most popular songs from ‘Les Miserables’ (Schönberg/Kretzmer), including ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’, ‘At the End of the Day’ and ‘Castle on a Cloud’. Worth a special mention was the rousing finale in ‘The Rhythm of Life’ (Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman). This is a piece that enables all of the “voices” to assert themselves and the choir was able to achieve this magnificently.
This first performance was an impressive achievement by the choir and its music director, and was ably supported by Phil May on piano. The choir evinced confidence and enthusiasm in a varied repertoire of carols and more complex material, and displayed first class intonation, particularly in the faster numbers such as ‘Rhythm of Life’. Clearly, the Llysfaen Singers has already recruited an extremely able group of thirty or so members who have blended well together, and the choir holds promise as it develops and expands its repertoire. We all look forward to following the choir’s success after a most promising debut".