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30th October 2007
Aberfeldy hosts Welsh choir at fundraising concert
A leading Welsh Choir – Cor Crymych a’r Cylch - joined Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir and other performers on Monday 29th October in a fundraising Ceilidh which raised £586.93 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Singing mostly in Welsh, the Pembrokeshire Choir thrilled the audience, which packed the Aberfeldy Town Hall, with a wide-ranging repertoire, including a piece by composer John Rutter (no relation to the Aberfeldy Choir’s new conductor Isobel Rutter!) The star of the Welsh contingent was 9-year-old Sara Mai Davies, who received much applause and cheering for her traditional Welsh Clog Dance, performed in Welsh costume.
Other popular young performers were award-winning Highland Dancer Jillian Kennedy, and her sister Yvonne, from Strathtay. Bruce Hinch, former personal piper to the late Duke of Atholl and now working as a guide in the Aberfeldy Distillery, played a selection of pipe music. Jimmy Lindsay and his accordion encouraged the audience to take to the floor for some dancing.
The evening was hosted by local singer-songwriter and wit, Alan Brown, and a vote of thanks on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care was given by Pam McDiarmid.
Lou Oppenheim, President of Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir, hailed the evening as a great success all round. “Everyone enjoyed the concert tremendously – Cor Crymych a’r Cylch were excellent, and the concert has given us the opportunity to introduce our new conductor to the local community – and she’s made a great impression! Plus we made a lot of money for a good cause, and we’ve shown again that the Gaelic language, like the Welsh language, is alive and kicking.”
The joint concert was planned by Alan and Jennifer Maggs, whose business “Summerhome” organises Choir fundraising trips to many countries.
The Aberfeldy Choir has enjoyed considerable popularity and success recently, having won the recent Lochgilphead Mod, and achieving good results in the National Mod. Isobel Rutter, who has accepted the invitation from the Choir to continue as Conductor, despite the long commute from Glasgow, used the concert as an opportunity to appeal for new members. Anyone wishing to join the Choir can contact our Secretary, Kate Coaton, by email or on 01887 830315.