Concert with The Band of Welsh Guards at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea: 23 April 2010
The first of the Three Cities Charity Concerts "Heroes' Return" in aid of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal was held at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. The other concerts were at St. David's Cathedral and in Cardiff's St. David's Hall.
|Major Stephen Barnwell: Director of Music of The Band of the Welsh Guards, welcomes the audience.
|Choir in place prior to the opening "Fanfare for a Celebration"
|Choir opens its programme with "Mansions of the Lord"
|Major Barnwell conducts The Band of the Welsh Guards
|Guest soloist Iona Jones with Choir accompanist Alice Reed at the piano
|Bandmaster Evin Frost conducts Band and Choir in "En Route"
|Choir and "Comrades in Arms"
|Joy Amman Davies conducts Choir, Band, Choir organist Les Ryan and soloist Iona Jones in the concert's finale "The Easter Hymn" from "Cavalleria Rusticana"
|Photographs by Alun Howells
|The Band of the Welsh Guards was formed in 1915, shortly after the creation of the Regiment. The musicians are drawn from all over the UK and are permanently based in London. They can be seen regularly at the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Band maintains strong links with Wales.
|The Welsh Guards were in Afghanistan for six months in the summer of 2009. It was a tough, challenging tour operating in a harsh environment with temperatures in the 50s. It was a successful tour but came at a high price. The Welsh Guards lost seven men killed in action including the Commanding Officer. The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal aims to support the bereaved families and the injured soldiers as they rebuild their lives. The Morriston Orpheus Choir is proud to be associated with this appeal. Donations may be made on the website www.welshguardsappeal.com or by calling 0207-222-5128