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Festival No.6 2018 Well in 2018 we received the news that the 2018 Festival was to be the last for the forseeable future. It had become a part of the choirs life since 2012 and had introduced the choir to new experiences and also introduced some audience members to some new choir experiences which over the years worked extremely well…if 3,500 audience members was anything to go by. In 2018 following consultation with the organisers it was decided that the choir would only perform once, on the Saturday night, but have an hour long slot, a far cry from the 15 minutes we were originally allocated in 2012. We decided on this occasion to reprise some of the more popular ‘cover ‘ versions we had done previously and mix them with more traditional fare. The preparation was the same with a soundcheck on the thursday night, which drew a large number of people by itself. Then on to Saturday evening, which began promisingly, with dry weather, and as we lined up to take the stage the newcomers in the choir were astounded by the size of the audience. Even for those of us who had been the since the start it was amazing with people as far as we could see and the atmosphere was unbelievable with every song being met with rapturous applause. Even a simple song like ‘amen’ was made special by thousands of mobile phones being lit in the dark, a great experience. And so to the end, with calls for encores ringing out. then it was over as soon as it had begun with all the lads saying it was the best yet. There are many people who the choir would like to thank for giving us the experiences that many choirs only dream about. To start with our musical team of John Eifion, who was MC, conducted and sang superbly and Elizabeth our accompanist who played in wind, rain and darkness…brilliant. Certainly Luke Bainbridge for looking after us over the years and giving us marvellous introductions, to all the sound and lighting people who made it special and to Portmeirion itself who made Festival No.6 an unique and unforgettable event. Diolch.
Well here we go again as they say. The organisers of the Festival have invited us back for 2013 and the Choir have spent the last few weeks learning new songs for this year’s event. The songs are a well kept secret at the moment but are as far as traditional Welsh male voice singing as you can get!!! But brilliant. Our Conductor and accompanist have been working their socks off getting the arrangements in place and the Choir up and running. On the 6th July the Choir spent the day recording the new songs followed by a fantastic day in Portmeirion itself on the 14th July in sweltering heat filming for the promotional video for this years event when one of our songs will be revealed. Thanks to the film crew for their work on the day, a long hot day but which made the surroundings even more breathtaking. We think some of the many tourists there were a bit bemused by the whole thing?! However just this small visit has started a bit of a frenzy on the Festival No 6 facebook and twitter pages, similarly with the Brythoniaid’s pages. We think it’s going to get a LOT busier before September. Watch this page for more details and developments!!! W: http://www.festivalnumber6.com/  F: https://www.facebook.com/Brythoniaid 

Festival No.6

Festival No.6 2018 Well in 2018 we received the news that the 2018 Festival was to be the last for the forseeable future. It had become a part of the choirs life since 2012 and had introduced the choir to new experiences and also introduced some audience members to some new choir experiences which over the years worked extremely well…if 3,500 audience members was anything to go by. In 2018 following consultation with the organisers it was decided that the choir would only perform once, on the Saturday night, but have an hour long slot, a far cry from the 15 minutes we were originally allocated in 2012. We decided on this occasion to reprise some of the more popular ‘cover ‘ versions we had done previously and mix them with more traditional fare. The preparation was the same with a soundcheck on the thursday night, which drew a large number of people by itself. Then on to Saturday evening, which began promisingly, with dry weather, and as we lined up to take the stage the newcomers in the choir were astounded by the size of the audience. Even for those of us who had been the since the start it was amazing with people as far as we could see and the atmosphere was unbelievable with every song being met with rapturous applause. Even a simple song like ‘amen’ was made special by thousands of mobile phones being lit in the dark, a great experience. And so to the end, with calls for encores ringing out. then it was over as soon as it had begun with all the lads saying it was the best yet. There are many people who the choir would like to thank for giving us the experiences that many choirs only dream about. To start with our musical team of John Eifion, who was MC, conducted and sang superbly and Elizabeth our accompanist who played in wind, rain and darkness…brilliant. Certainly Luke Bainbridge for looking after us over the years and giving us marvellous introductions, to all the sound and lighting people who made it special and to Portmeirion itself who made Festival No.6 an unique and unforgettable event. Diolch.
Côr y Brythoniaid © 2019        Website designed and maintained by H G Web Designs
Festival No.6 2018 Well in 2018 we received the news that the 2018 Festival was to be the last for the forseeable future. It had become a part of the choirs life since 2012 and had introduced the choir to new experiences and also introduced some audience members to some new choir experiences which over the years worked extremely well…if 3,500 audience members was anything to go by. In 2018 following consultation with the organisers it was decided that the choir would only perform once, on the Saturday night, but have an hour long slot, a far cry from the 15 minutes we were originally allocated in 2012. We decided on this occasion to reprise some of the more popular ‘cover ‘ versions we had done previously and mix them with more traditional fare. The preparation was the same with a soundcheck on the thursday night, which drew a large number of people by itself. Then on to Saturday evening, which began promisingly, with dry weather, and as we lined up to take the stage the newcomers in the choir were astounded by the size of the audience. Even for those of us who had been the since the start it was amazing with people as far as we could see and the atmosphere was unbelievable with every song being met with rapturous applause. Even a simple song like ‘amen’ was made special by thousands of mobile phones being lit in the dark, a great experience. And so to the end, with calls for encores ringing out. then it was over as soon as it had begun with all the lads saying it was the best yet. There are many people who the choir would like to thank for giving us the experiences that many choirs only dream about. To start with our musical team of John Eifion, who was MC, conducted and sang superbly and Elizabeth our accompanist who played in wind, rain and darkness…brilliant. Certainly Luke Bainbridge for looking after us over the years and giving us marvellous introductions, to all the sound and lighting people who made it special and to Portmeirion itself who made Festival No.6 an unique and unforgettable event. Diolch.
Festival No6 2013 Well there we are another Festival No 6 done and dusted. The question is was it as good as last year. Not to put to fine a point on it, it was AWESOME again. We had a rehearsal on site on Thursday evening in the pouring rain which didn't go too well, all the expletives from the conductor gave us a clue, but that was that. It would be alright on the night wouldn't it??? Friday night came and all the doubts came to the fore, would it be dry, would there be anybody listening to us, would our choice of music be suitable and after Thursday night, would the Conductor turn up!!!! As last year, the Choir formed up before we went 'on' and we could see the crowd below, what a sight, about 2000 people crammed in the Piazza area with a fantastic atmosphere. Well, when we walked down the steps in the light what a reception. As one commentator said "I thought David Bowie had walked on". It was amazing, with each song being rapturously received and to finish off with Design for Life and our surprise song Uprising by Muse got the crowd on to their feet shouting for more. Great credit should go to John Eifion our conductor who sang the solos in the songs which he would not normally sing, but did so as if on the X Factor, brilliant. And our accompanist Elizabeth who, with headphones on and a head torch to see the music and playing blind from the conductor, how she managed and so brilliantly defies belief. What a first night. This time we had a special CD available called 6 for No6 which contained all the songs we were commissioned to sing as well as two others and sold very well over the weekend. Here again, a huge thank you to some of the wives of the Choir, affectionately called the Brythonwags, who sold the cd's with gusto and a smile, diolch. The second night was also very special with a lovely moonlit night and a HUGE crowd giving us a reception you would never associate with a Male Voice Choir. Every member walking to the stage with a huge smile and tremendous pride. If there had been a roof on the Piazza, it would have been lifted, fantastic. And more of the same on the third night, tempered by a downpour midway through the performance, but nobody budged, apart from the technicians who rushed down as Elizabeth was playing an electric keyboard!!!! Plus the fact her music sheets turned into a soggy mess resulting in her playing the 'big' songs from memory, what a star. And with John singing under a brolly, it was truly a memorable occasion. There are so many people to thank we cannot do it here but Festival No 6 and Luke Bainbridge in particular many many thanks and also to Rich Roberts of Ferlas Studios in Penrhyn, what a talented and obliging producer who did a superb job over the weekend and on he CD itself, he made us sound very good !! Roll on 2014 I say.

Festival No.6