Parliament was treated last night to a magnificent concert by Côr Meibion Llanelli, conducted by their very talented musical director Eifion Thomas. This was a very special concert to celebrate the Choir’s 50th anniversary, and their varied programme included the American Trilogy as well as traditional Welsh favourites like Nant y Mynydd, Tangnefeddwyr and Myfanwy.
The soloist was Osian Bowen, a pupil at Ysgol y Strade, who stunned the audience, even though he had to contend with the division bell calling MPs to vote going off when he was mid-song.
The spell – bound audience included Dr Haydn James and members of the London Welsh Choir, London Gwalia Choir and the London Glamorgan Society, as well as members of parliament and members of the House of Lords.
Commenting on the performance, Nia Griffith MP said,
“Eifion Thomas and Côr Meibion Llanelli always give a highly polished performance, but this 50th anniversary concert was outstanding, and Osian Bowen has an amazing voice; it is hard to believe he is still at school. The audience were absolutely delighted, full of praise and enthusiasm for the choir, Eifion and Osian . Because of the parliamentary business that was on last night, we could only show the choir round a small part of the Houses of Parliament. I would like to extend a warm invitation to any members of the choir and their family who are considering coming up to London to get in touch with my office and arrange to meet me for a full tour and a chance to spend longer in the public gallery.”