Live music performances made a long-awaited return to the Follies Theatre at Folly Farm when the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland staged its annual charity concert.
Despite the audience being smaller than usual, over 200 people were entertained with an eclectic collection of artistes, both locally and internationally acclaimed, and the event raised a significant sum for the Wales Air Ambulance.
Headlining the show was classical crossover act, Richard and Adam Johnson, who shot to fame when they reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.
The North Walian brothers – who topped the charts with their debut album, The Impossible Dream – demonstrated their harmonising vocal skills in a superb performance, with a repertoire that included favourites such as The Power of Love and Nessun Dorma, plus a selection of songs from Wales’ favourite heart-throb Sir Tom Jones to close the first half of the concert.
The show was opened with a virtuoso performance on the marimba by 18-year-old Carys Underwood, a former pupil of Ysgol y Preseli who is now a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a member of the National Youth Percussion Orchestra.
Also taking to the stage was another former Preseli pupil and current RWCMD student, Ffion Thomas, who sang a variety of traditional songs in both English and Welsh.
Ffion was the winner of Rotary’s Young Musician (vocal) at local, regional and South Wales levels in 2020.
Another young singer who gave a fine recital was Phoebe Salmon from Dinas Cross, a performing arts student at Coleg Sir Gar, who sang both traditional and contemporary pieces.
Whitland and District Male Voice Choir, which marked its 125th anniversary in 2020, was delighted to take to the stage after Covid forced the cancellation of 19 of its events during the last 18 months.
The choir – which has been rehearsing via Zoom – was led by musical director Hefina Jones and accompanied on piano by Owain Lewis.
Not only did the choristers perform some traditional Welsh songs, they also demonstrated some interesting dance moves during their rendition of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.
The show was closed by another rousing performance from Richard and Adam, who raised the roof with their rich tenor voices and earning a standing ovation from the audience who were not at all keen to let them go until they had performed their signature song, The Impossible Dream.
Hosting the event on Saturday October 9 was Narberth and Whitland Rotary’s own own impresario, John Hughes along with Rotarian Phil Thompson.
The funds raised for Wales Air Ambulance were raised from a combination of ticket sales, the raffle and the hiring of soft seat cushions.
*The Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland is a dual-gender club that welcomes enquiries from potential new members and can be contacted via www.nwrotary.co.uk