"Hymns and arias" visit Ireland
2:29pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
Cor Meibion Blaenporth received a civic reception in Dungarven on their recent trip to Ireland.
The choir were treated to a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable programme of events. These included a visit to a local primary school, where they were entertained by the children who performed with their own orchestra and choir. In turn, the Welsh choir then sang three songs from their repertoire. Also accommodated was a trip to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre that proved a big hit, as did a tour of Lismore Castle, situated in the privately owned estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The trip culminated on the Saturday evening with a sell-out concert at the Town Hall theatre. Joined by the Irish choir with their inimitable brand of foot tapping music, the Welsh choir sang to an enthusiastic audience that gave a standing ovation at the end of the concert. Old friendships were re-cemented, and new ones made in the Tudor pub afterwards.
The return journey to Wales proved quite memorable, as it was not without some trepidation that the choir sailed on the Sunday evening, being very aware of the weather forecast. In the event, the crossing was very reasonable, and Cor Meibion Blaenporth were left with a strong feeling of satisfaction. Two Celtic cultures had merged, proving that music unites, and bridges all gaps.