J. Layton Watkins Memorial Concert
St David's Church, Neath - Friday, 16 June 2017
The Memorial Concert, introduced by Phil Lloyd, was attended by members of Layton's family, including his widow Gwen and son Jason, who formed part of a very large congregation.
It was an emotional and moving event with soloists Ffion Edwards and Aaron Pryce-Lewis in fine voice as were the Morriston RFC male choir conducted by D. Huw Rees, accompanied by Hywel Evans.
The organist, Huw Tregelles Williams, who is Association President as well as President of Morriston RFC male choir, gave an eloquent tribute to Layton with an equally fine response on behalf of the family by Layton's son, Jason.
The welcome address and closing prayer were given by the Rector, Canon Stephen Ryan, to whom the Association is very grateful for allowing the use of the St David's Church for the concert.
The Association is also grateful to all the representatives from its member choirs who attended in support of the event which raised £1,195 for Macmillan Cancer Care through a retiring collection.
The Geraint Morris and J. Layton Watkins Memorial Awards
Neath Town Hall - Saturday 2nd September 2017
Festival Of Massed Male Choirs
Royal Albert Hall - Saturday 19th May 2018
The Welsh Association of Male Choirs is organising a Festival of Massed Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 19th May 2018. The Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Alwyn Humphreys and accompanied by Caradog Williams on the piano and Huw Tregelles Williams, the Association President, on the organ.
The Massed Choir will comprise the following choirs: Abertillery Orpheus, Beaufort, Bois Goetre Hen, Bois y Castell, Bois y Felin, Bro Dysynni, Burry Port, Caldicot, Cambrian, De Cymru, Cwmann, Dyffryn Aman, Flint, Haverfordwest, Mansfield, Morriston RFC, Mynydd Mawr, Ogmore Valley, Oxford Welsh, Pembroke & District, Pontnewydd, Rhayader, Rhymney Silurian, Snowdown Colliery, Swansea, Tenby, Tonna and Whitland & District.
The concert soloists will be the winners of the Geraint Morris Award in 2015 (Rhydian Jenkins), 2016 (Ffion Edwards) and 2017. The other supporting artists are 'Bella Voce' - a ladies choir from Pembrokeshire.
Tickets for the event are not yet available but all enquiries for tickets should be directed to the Treasurer, Mr. John Williams via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next practices for the Festival will be held as below:-
Sunday, 22nd October - Rogerstone School (12.30 for 1pm)
Sunday, 5th November - St David's Church, Neath (12.30 for 1pm)
Monday, 6th November - Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland (7 for 7.30pm)
Would all choirs please make every effort to attend.