Parry in Penarth

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The ‘Parry in Penarth’ Festival to celebrate the life and works of Joseph Parry took place at St Augustine’s on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

This was a day to explore and enjoy the life and music of Joseph Parry.

The day started with the usual Holy Eucharist service at 10.45am which featured music by Parry and the sermon focussed on the importance of hymns and music in worship.

The afternoon ‘Parry in Penarth’ event started with an interesting lecture by Frank Bott about Joseph Parry’s life.  This included a recital with Brian Ellsbury playing the piano and mezzo-soprano Sioned Terry.  Following the lecture there was a break for tea, Welsh cakes and bara brith and a chance to visit Parry’s grave.

The Cardiff Ardwyn Singers accompanied by Janice Ball on the organ, Brian Ellsbury and Sioned Terry then treated us to a magnificent concert featuring music and songs by Parry and other Welsh composers.

There was a break after the concert with refreshments being served in the Belle Vue Park Pavilion before the audience re-assembled at 6.30pm for the Cymanfa Ganu. This was conducted by Alan Guy and accompanied by David Thomas on the organ.  The BBC recorded this part of the event to broadcast on the Welsh radio programme. The enthusiastic singing was enjoyed by all.  A voluntary collection was made to help with the cost of restoring the Parry grave and over £600 was raised.

The afternoon events were linked by MC, Dr Neville Evans.

On leaving the church many people commented how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and evening.

The Friends of St Augustine’s thank Ty Cerdd for their support of the Lecture/Recital and the Concert, the Friends of Belle Vue Park for their permission to use the Pavilion, Brian Ellsbury, Sioned Terry, Frank Bott, Alun Guy, David Thomas, Neville Evans, The Cardiff Ardwyn Singers, Janice Ball, the enthusiastic audiences and anyone who helped in any way to make this event the success it undoubtedly was.

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