CHORAL singers from Pembrokeshire gave a concert in London’s West End and raised money for earthquake relief in Nepal.
Voices of Pembroke, a touring choir drawn from members of Cantorion Tyddewi, the Griffon Choir and Dyfed Choir, sang under the baton of Brian Lavender at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday May 2.
The concert was to raise money for Christian Aid and the proceeds were earmarked to go towards disaster relief in Nepal.
Alison Roddy, a principal singer with English National Opera, was the soprano soloist. She sang Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart and later joined with the choir in singing his Laudate Dominum and the lovely Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
The choir’s leading offering was the seldom performed cathedral anthem, And I Saw A New Heaven, by Edgar Bainton, and they also sang Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Bruckner’s Locus Iste, The Blue Bird by Stanford, and Evening Hymn by H B Gardiner. The varied programme included three Welsh pieces – Ar Hyd A Nos, the lullaby Suo Gan, and the stirring hymn, Tydi A Roddaist – which were warmly received.
The organist and accompanist, Paul Lavender, played works by Bach and the French composer, Guilmant, on the church’s magnificent organ.
The choir was invited to join the church congregation at a service on the following morning and sang Offertory by the American composer John Ness Beck and the hymn, Love Divine, to the tune Blaenwern, which was composed by William Penfro Rowlands, of Llys-y-Fran, and named after Blaenwern Farm, near Tufton. There was another Pembrokeshire connection in that Philip Luke, the chapel organist at the service, hailed from Haverfordwest.
Voices of Pembroke singers’ next concert will be in Christ Church, Milford Haven, on
July 10. Singers who would like to take part are invited to contact Brian Lavender on (01646) 685010.
NSPCC: Wales conference puts spotlight on domestic abuse
PROTECTING women and children from domestic abuse was the focus of a ground-breaking conference in Wales this week (Mar 28).
Organised by Cardiff University’s Exchange Network – with support from NSPCC Cymru / Wales and Welsh Women’s Aid – the event aimed to share information on the most effective approaches to tackle all forms of violence against women, domestic abuse and support for victims – be they adults or children.
Preventing violence from happening and protecting those who fall victim to domestic abuse formed the focus of the conference, at Cardiff’s Novotel Hotel.
Representatives from Welsh Government, Relate Cymru, Barnardos and Rape and Sexual Abuse (RASA) Centre also attended.
Domestic abuse continues to be a significant reason for young people to contact Childline. In 2016/17 volunteers at the NSPCC-run helpline undertook 120 counselling sessions with children from Wales who had concerns about abuse by a partner in their own relationship.
And 241 children from Wales contacted Childline to discuss parental domestic abuse.
Some young people who witness this also experience physical abuse by their parents. This can sometimes happen when they try and intervene in the abuse taking place, with some children telling Childline they were hit by their mother or father when trying to stop a fight.
“Sometimes my dad gets in a bad mood and gets really aggressive. He says horrible things to me and my mum and it scares me. In the past he was threatening to hit my mum, when I tried to get him to calm down he slapped me instead. I feel like neither of them listen to me and they don’t understand how upset it’s all making me.” (Girl, 16-18, Wales)
Head of NSPCC Cymru / Wales, Des Mannion, told The Llanelli Herald: “Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing and it’s hugely important that we share information and discuss ways to both prevent violence and protect victims.
“We all have a part to play in tackling domestic abuse and it’s important to pick up the phone if you’re concerned so that our advisers can offer guidance and get help where it’s needed.
“Stepping in early helps to change behaviours and avoid abuse escalating, and putting the child at the heart of interventions is paramount in keeping children safe and limiting long-term damage.
“It is also vital that children and young people affected by domestic abuse have access to the right kind of support to overcome the trauma of witnessing and experiencing domestic abuse.”
Any child worried about domestic abuse can call Childline on 0800 11 11. Any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Pop-up craft stalls return to St Elli
LLANELLI’S St Elli Shopping Centre is once again playing host to a fantastic group of pop-up craft stalls today and tomorrow (Mar 1-2).
Following on from a highly successful outing just before Christmas, the ‘Pert A Blasus Pop-Up Emporium’ will see a variety of crafters take to the Atrium to sell their handmade crafts.
A group of friends who met whilst running stalls at craft markets around South Wales, Pert A Blasus brings together a host of skill sets and backgrounds – including a former kitchen fitter and scaffolder, a former clerical assistant, and a primary school teacher.
Primary school teacher Jill Davies has been crafting most of her life as a hobby; however, seven years ago decided to launch ‘Dzines by Jill’, which sees her hand-decorate plain pieces of ceramic and household items with her own unique designs.
Jill also organises her own ‘Made it Markets’ in Neath.
Also on board with Pert A Blasus is Steve Kennedy, who is the brainchild of ‘Cut n Scroll’, where he hand cuts items from wood and enlists the help of his wife Tanya for painting and gemming; Wendy Taylor, also a primary school teacher, who completed a precious metal course at Gower College and now makes her own items for her ‘Simplicity by Silver’ stall; and Jill James who runs her ‘Pretty Cute Fairies’ stall.
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