Wenlock Arts Festival celebrated its 30th year last year when it was honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary service and this year once again pulled out all the stops offering a wide range of activity covering arts, drama, music and ‘family fun’, not least of which was a concert at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday 13th June involving the choir and special guest soprano Helen Pickett. Helen previously appeared with the choir at a concert in Bromborough, The Wirral, two years ago.
A large audience numbering some 240 guests filled the church to hear Helen sing pieces from Puccini, Sibelius and Ernesto de Curtis and join the choir in the Easter Hymn and Gwahoddiad, the well known and popular Welsh choir song – a fitting end to the concert as Helen was born in Morriston, Swansea and is a former member of the National Youth Choir of Wales.
The choirs accompanist David Fisher treated the audience to Elgars Pomp and circumstance March No 4 on the church organ, a wonderful sound, demonstrating great skill as a pianist and organ player, resulting in sustained applause.
Festival events continue throughout the week concluding on Saturday 21st June, for more information on the programme visit the website www.muchwenlockfestival.co.uk