Diverse, Electrifying. and Ours; as the Welsh Proms Reach Their 25th Year, Singers, Musicians and Festival-Goers Share Their Memories of the Major Music Event

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Diverse, Electrifying. and Ours; as the Welsh Proms Reach Their 25th Year, Singers, Musicians and Festival-Goers Share Their Memories of the Major Music Event


"Over the years, the programming of the Welsh Proms has always been diverse, featuring something to suit all musical tastes. I, in particular, had the privilege of performing both the popular Puccini opera Tosca and the part of Elijah in my favourite oratorio, Mendelssohn's Elijah.

On both occasions the warmth and enthusiasm of the promenaders made it something special for me."

- International bass baritone Bryn Terfel, who last performed at the Welsh Proms in 2008 "Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing in the Welsh Proms for 11 years and, in many respects, it is the most important concert of the year for us as there'll be many young people there who may never have heard a live orchestra before. We want to make it a happy, memorable occasion. It's always a joy especially when the audience can join in the performances, be it clapping, singing, dancing or occasionally conducting, too. There's nothing quite like it."

- Michael Bell, conductor of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra who perform the Family Prom "The Welsh Proms is so important for Welsh music.

I have performed there twice - Tangollen and my Euphonium Concerto, which was premiered at the proms last year.

David Childs played the euphonium and he's such a brilliant virtuoso player so it was fantastic for me and I have great memories from that concert.

My work has been performed all over the world but it's important to receive appreciation in your homeland."

- Swansea-born international composer Karl Jenkins "I've performed at the Welsh Proms a couple of times and one of the concerts featured music from the film world. I sang something I'd never sung before in my life - For Your Eyes Only. I thought, 'Can I do that?' but it was great. It was a real feel-good night and there was a great atmosphere. Owain Arwel Hughes always supports Welsh artists and brings them home for the Welsh Proms and the crowds love that. It's also an important event for St David's Hall - it's the perfect venue for the proms and really holds its own."

- Soprano Shn Cothi "The Welsh Proms captured the attention and imagination of audiences from the start. As then manager of the New Theatre in Cardiff, I recall the rapturous motional response and sense of wnership of everyone present at e first Last Night of the Welsh roms. The rest is history.With the nwavering enthusiasm of maestro wain, the professional commitent of St David's Hall staff, the pport of Cardiff Council and, of urse, our all important audiences, e Welsh Proms is a landmark vent in Cardiff's calendar of enrtainment.

em ow th Pr un Ow me su co th ev ter Au an pa me fes 25 - J Ca Leaving my post in ugust this year, I feel privileged nd proud to have played a small art in the continuing developent and success of this wonderful stival of music. …

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