The London Welsh Chorale has rehearsed and performed in central London and around the globe since 1983. Members hail from a range of professions and backgrounds, and the repertoire spans from the Renaissance to the modern. The Chorale is committed to keeping Welsh music alive in London, and has supported many young professional singers and orchestral players in our professional concerts. New members are always welcome! Musical Director: Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, Accompanist: Jenny Trew Have a look around, see and hear what we do, and get in touch if you would like to join us!
July 3rd - Llangollen International Eisteddfod July 6th - St Giles Cripplegate, London
Following our hugely successful Easter concert we are now in full preparation for the summer season. The two concerts in July will showcase the music of Wales, with the London concert given in memory of Kenneth Bowen, the Chorale's founding conductor and later Conductor Emeritus.
William Mathias's epic cantata St Teilo will be the centrepiece of the programme. Kenneth Bowen was the tenor soloist in the premiere of St Teilo in June 1963. The Bowen connection continues in July with Kenneth's grandson Ruairi taking the tenor soloist role.
The programme will also feature a new work “The Spring of Vision”, composed by our Musical Director Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, a friend of Bowen. Edward is also the Music Director for the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, where the work will be premiered.
Two wedding anthems by Welsh composers follow: Let the People Praise Thee, O God, was written in 1981 by William Mathias for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and Ubi Caritas, by Paul Mealor for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Arwel Hughes's Gweddi completes the programme.
Kenneth Bowen 1932-2018
We are very sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Kenneth Bowen has died.
Kenneth was our Musical Director for 25 years from 1983 to 2008. It's impossible to put into words how much the Chorale owes to Kenneth, so we won't try to do so here. The best we can do is to say that Ken loved the Chorale and that the Chorale loved Ken.