Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar
Day Eight: 08/12/2019

For something to remain fresh and vibrant after sixty years is quite an achievement. Tonight at the Brangwyn Hall, the Swansea Philharmonic Choir will give their rendition of Bach’s B Minor Mass. It’s the latest performance to mark the 60th anniversary of the choir’s formation. Since 1959 lead conductors Haydn James, Clive John and now Jonathan Rogers have raised the standard of Welsh choral singing and made the music of local and international composers widely accessible. The choir’s Easter, Summer and Christmas concerts are much-loved fixtures in the Swansea arts calendar and this year’s diamond anniversary performances have been particularly well-received.

Over the years the Swansea Philharmonic has delivered rousing interpretations of the work of Mozart, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Britten and Elgar, to name just a few. In 2019 the choir has partnered with one of Wales’s most talented young composers, Nathan Dearden, and his work this year has offered a fresh take on the city and its relationship with words and music. One of his contributions is a piece that takes the words of Dylan Thomas describing the changes to the city caused by war and setting them to music. Not for the first time, the choir is producing something that reminds us of Swansea’s history while looking forward to the future with optimism.

The audience at the Brangwyn Hall tonight will enjoy the talent of a 76-strong choir, featuring solo performances by Daisy Walford, Keiron Connor Valentine, Gareth Treseder and Michael Lafferty. The performance begins at 7.30pm and tickets will be available on the door. It promises to be an uplifting way to spend a Sunday evening, and yet another reminder of Swansea’s contribution to the arts.

Happy diamond anniversary, Swansea Philharmonic Choir. We wish you many more.

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