It was with great sadness that we received news in April during lockdown that Gwyn Phillips, one of the choir stalwarts, had passed away. Over a span of half a century Gwyn undertook a variety of roles within the choir and performed them all with quiet efficiency. These included: Chairman, Treasurer, for many years, and as a member of the publicity sub-committee where he was responsible for, amongst other things, planning and siting of the banner and the roadside signs advertising concerts. He was also the stage erection manager and, as choir marshal, had the unenviable task of arranging the concert seating. This job entails liaising with administration representatives of relevant venues and measuring precisely how the stage fits in with its surroundings; no mean task and such was Gwyn's meticulous diligence and unassuming manner, that choir members could always depend upon his careful planning.
Gwyn was blessed with a calm and pleasant temperament. Liked by all, he always remained unruffled despite the inevitable challenges and occasional crises which arise at concert time. He also possessed a fine bass voice and was a dependable chorister. His absence will be felt most keenly by the bass section.
Gwyn had other interests in life apart from the choir: as an enthusiastic yachtsman he was involved in the running of Neyland Yacht Club for many years. He also shone as a footballer in his younger days, playing as a defender for Fishguard, his home town. He recounted the time when Fishguard Sports reached the final of the Pembrokeshire Cup which unfortunately clashed with a Côr Dyfed Choir Concert at St Davids. His decision to sing in the concert rather than play football is a tribute to his loyalty and commitment to the choir. Although it is said that no one is indispensable, Gwyn’s shoes will be very hard to fill and we will miss him terribly.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Berry and the family.
Rest in peace, Gwyn.
We haven't been idle during lockdown!
Apart from our weekly Zoom choir practice, take a look at what we've been up to:
Côr Dyfed Choir - Curry Evening, Taj Mahal, Haverfordwest
Many thanks to the SFRC for their work in organising the curry evening, and thanks to all those who helped in other ways; buyng raffle tickets, supporting the event and bringing their friends along. It was a very enjoyable evening with delicious food, good company and excellent service from all the staff at the Taj Mahal. Ticket sales and raffle raised just over £500 for choir funds. We were also very lucky to have a feature on the evening, with write up and photos published in the Western Telegraph. Many thanks to Abul Hussein the owner of The Taj Mahal in Haverfordwest.
Tuesday, October 22nd. 2019 A Choral Workshop
Peter Nardone lead a choral workshop for the choir in St Martin's Hall on October 22nd. All timing details are listed in the rehearsals and contacts schedule above. Some of you will remember Peter's last workshop for the choir which was both entertaining and fruitful. Be sure not to miss this event.
Peter Nardone is a conductor, singer and organist who has worked extensively with choirs and choral groups throughout England and France. Until the summer of 2018 he was Artistic Director of Worcester Three Choirs Festival and organist of Worcester Cathedral. He has since returned to freelance work after 18 years in Cathedral music. His style is based on the enjoyment of making music through singing and, as such, he is often called to lead ‘ come & sing ’ days, choral workshops and festivals.
He was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and started singing as a boy in Paisley Abbey Choir. After attending the RSAMD as a part-time student, he later studied there full time as an undergraduate. In 1986 he won a Countess of Munster Scholarship enabling him to undertake further study as a countertenor for a year in London at the Royal Academy of Music. This helped launch parallel careers in professional singing, playing the organ and piano, and conducting.
After moving south in 1986 Peter held posts at the Chapel Royal, HM Tower of London, Croydon Parish Church and Chelmsford Cathedral, where he was also Artistic Director of the Chelmsford Cathedral Festival.
Notable conducting dates in the Three Choirs Festival have included a BBC recording and concert of Coleridge-Taylor Song of Hiawatha in 2013 and Mendelssohn Elijah with Sir Willard White in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2016. In 2017 Peter was Artistic Director of the annual boys' choir festival in Sweden and led over 250 young singers from across Scandinavia.
As a singer he has toured on 5 continents and has been involved in over fifty recording projects with The King's Consort, The Monteverdi Choir and The Tallis Scholars. As a composer and arranger he is published by Boosey and Hawkes and RSCM publications. Peter is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and The Guild of Church Musicians. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2010 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from Anglia Ruskin University for his work in the field of Arts in Essex.