Coal, Choir and Covid-19

  • Posted on: 11 May 2021
  • By: huw

The Dunvant Male Choir from near Swansea has endured world wars, industrial decline and mining disasters.

How would it handle rehearsals on Zoom? Jude Rogers finds out…

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, their faces pop up: Norman, Nigel, Alan, Dai and the others. It’s become second nature to close the door at 6.30pm, click the Zoom link, check if everyone’s well, ask if anyone’s fled beyond Swansea, have a laugh.

Celebrity Connections

  • Posted on: 2 February 2021
  • By: huw

Celebrity Connections – Sue Pegram

Launching a new series in which members of the Royston Choral Society drop a few musical names. Alto Sue Pegram sets a high bar by dropping three (and all of them seem to involve alcohol!)

A flutter with Rutter

Royston Bells

  • Posted on: 2 February 2021
  • By: huw

Royston bells restored and returned

After the devastating fire of December 2018 which completely gutted the Royston Parish Church tower, all eight of the church bells were cracked. The 11cwt ring of eight was safely lowered to the floor and taken to the Taylors of Loughborough’s historic foundry for safe keeping and repair.

What music do I really like?

  • Posted on: 2 February 2021
  • By: huw

What music do I really like?

Huw Jenkins

I recently looked at the list of music I’d listened to on Spotify in the last few months. It made me realise how narrow-minded and insular my musical listening becomes when I’m not being challenged by others.

Seven Lockdown Lessons

  • Posted on: 21 November 2020
  • By: huw

From the start of the second lockdown, RCS tenor Chris Lee has been reflecting on what has helped him stay well over the past eight months. Here is what he learnt.

Being purposeful – looking back at the end of the day (at a to-do list in my case) aim to have a few activities that you’re pleased to have got done. These worthwhile achievements could be quite small – cleaning the kitchen or clearing the leaves from the pavement outside your house.

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