Cor y Brythoniaid
GQ Magazine Men of the Year Awards
GQ Magazine Men of the Year Awards – Covent Garden, London
Following on from the Blue Monday recording by the Choir an invitation was received to perform at the prestigious GQ Men of the Year awards at Covent Garden in London, a glittering event attended by celebrities and stars from the world of music, sport and films. The invitation came at short notice which required some extra special commitment by the Choir members as the event was held on a Tuesday evening and meant that the journey home had to be made straight after the event. Would there be a Choir of sufficient numbers to do justice to the occasion was the big question. The response was almost a 100% yes and the arrangements were made. On Tuesday the 4th September the Choir travelled down to Covent Garden and the magnificent Opera House. On entering the main area a quick look at the place settings revealed the prestigious nature of this event. A rehearsal was scheduled and with military precision the Choir was put in place and Elizabeth placed out of view of John Eifion, a gamble indeed!!. The rehearsal over succesfully , it was time for a break before the actual event. At 6pm the Choir were shown to a large rehearsal area to change and a last minute rehearsal, which did not go well, nerves perhaps, but which caused John Eifion to have a few worried moments. However there was no turning back and at precisely 7.28pm the Choir were led on to the stage to see Tom Jones, Robbie Williams , Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins, Andrew Lloyd Webber and most of the Olympic Medallists, to name but a few awaiting the event to start. The Choir began with 'Blue Monday ' with Elizabeth, John Eifion and the Choir in perfect unison despite not being able to see each other. Before we had time to think, our alloted spot was finished and the Choir left the stage to generous applause. What a fantastic experience. The journey home was long with members arriving back in the early hours, ready to go to work the next day. A superb effort by all involved. The following comment appeared 'live ' on the blog of the GQ event as it happened :-
19:45 The first surprise musical guests of the night are on: the remarkable Brythoniaid Male VoiceChoir. Needless to say, they're all in impeccable black tie. They sound amazing, although we can't help wondering what would happen if fellow Welshman Sir Tom Jones got involved.