83rd Summer Festival

Saturday 18th July, 2015 - 9:31pm

MAKING a very welcome return to Cornwall as guest singer with Mousehole Male Voice Choir is Welsh baritone Eirian Davies for their annual Summer Festival concert highlight at St Mary's parish church, Penzance, on Sunday August 2nd (7.30pm).

He proved very popular on his last visit four years ago with his presentation and rich voice  and brings a wealth of variety to his selection to this new programme that ranges from opera and oratorio arias, stage show favourites and two ballads in Welsh.

The choir  is conducted by Stephen Lawry with piano accompanist Annette Turton and John Harry at the organ. The singers  will also have Maureen Nicholls on flute for a couple of their pieces.

Advance programmes are £7 obtainable from Morrab Studio, Penzance, King's Arms, Paul and Mousehole News with programmes at the door on the night £8.

They have had another successful year with a tour to Worcester and Kidderminster and many concerts around Cornwall including during the splendid International Male Voice Festival. "We have also been delighted to welcome  quite a few new members this year and continue to keep  an an 'open door' policy so that any visitors, local or holidaymakers or prospective members are always warmly greeted" said Stephen.

"We are grateful to have been generously supported in sponsorship of several new pieces of music."  This annual concert attracts an audience from many parts of the country and from overseas who enjoy making the event a regular part of their break in the Duchy.
Eirian lives in the small rural village of Llangadog in West Wales and after graduating from Aberystwyth University with an Honours degree in 2002 is currently an assistant head teacher in Llanelli. He has won many singing awards at local and national level and been invited to perform at prestigious concerts in England and Wales.

He is in regular demand with choirs and Welsh societies and his singing has taken him to Holland, Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, the East coast of Canada and United States.

For the present he aims to continue t teaching but has aspirations to some day becoming a professional singer.  His repertoire includes the great oratorios of Handel, Faure, Dvorak, Gounod, Mendelssohn, popular Welsh works and a Welsh opera 'Blodwen' by Dr Joseph Parry.

The choir's concert programme will include several new part songs and melodies and will range from Cornish composer Goff Richards 'Voice of the Child', Roger Pinsent's 'Trencrom' to the stirring 'We Rise Again', 'Flying Free',  'Fly me to the Moon', the evergreen 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' to a Celtic celebration 'Riversong' by Roger Emerson. It will be their 83rd summer festival concert.
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