Cor y Brythoniaid
Well, as the song goes “ Where do I begin.....” The Festival No6 at Portmeirion. What a weekend and what an experience for the Choir. Following the fantastic reception and comments the promotional video received it's a different kettle of fish singing live at a pop Festival. It was with some trepidation that the Choir arrived at Portmeirion on the Friday evening and made their way to the Piazza. However it started to become apparent by the amount of people who approached members asking “ what time are you on ” and taking photographs that things were about to get special. At the alloted time the members collected above the Piazza and could see hundreds of people massing in front of the staging area with a palpable buzz in the air. And what a setting with the unique ornate buildings floodlit behind the Choir, it was magical. Then came the time for us to be announced to the audience and for us to make our way down to the performance area. The level of cheering and applause which greeted us took even our ' concert hardened' members by surprise and was an unforgettable experience. John Eifion and Liz looked decidedly nervous at this point so we started off with the song that had brought us to Portmeirion, namely Blue Monday ,to be received with a huge cheer and as the song progressed , spontaneous dancing , something we are certainly not used to. From there on it simply got better and better and at the end of our performance time, with every song being rapturously received , the feeling of elation from all our members was something which will stay with us for a long time. The comments from audience and members were the same ' an amazing experience', and we still had two performances to go, would the same atmosphere and response be present. The answer was a resounding Yes . At the end of our three performances we were on a high and although we had performed on four consecutive nights, not a word of complaint or regret from any member. The resulting comments to us personally and on our facebook and twitter pages are something to be proud of. The fact that so many young people approached us to congratulate us and say that the whole occasion was ' awesome' will stay with us for a very long time.
Many thanks are due to the organisers of this Festival and to the staff who made the event an unforgettable experience ,but especially to the people who took time to sit in their deckchairs and on muddy ground and any vantage point going... Thank you very Much.
There are now many clips on Youtube of this unique occasion, so please have a look :