The Rotary Club of Henllys Charity Concert 

Canon Brian Pippen
Blaenavon Ladies Choir

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a Charity Concert at St Cadocs Church, Trevethin, which was put on by the Rotary Club of Henllys and compered by the brilliant Canon Brian R Pippen.

If you haven’t been to a concert compered by Canon Pippen, then please do so, as you’re missing a real treat, with his spot on comical one liners and professionalism, along with an outstanding warm welcome to his church.

Last nights concert featured Blaenavon Ladies Choir, conducted by Richard Watkins and accompanied with Pianist Lyndon Stevens.

The Choir dressed in red velvet outfits looked spectacular as the spotlights sparkled on their tops.

I also learnt that the choir has been running since 1975 and was founded by Jean Williams, who sadly passed away in 1996.

I’m sure that after hearing them perform last night, she is looking down on them very proudly!

If you want to become a ‘Blaenavon Lady’ then go and join them, they practice Wednesdays at 7pm.

A huge surprise to me last night was guest trombone player Jonathan Pippen and his wife Alex who were accompanied by pianist Mr C. Williams, as you may have guessed, Jonathan is Cannon Pippen and Paulas son.

Jonathan, Andrew and Alex Pippen

Jonathan has played the trombone since the age of 7 and has enjoyed a career in music including playing with the Philharmonia, BBC National Orchestra, Ted Heath Big Band and many more, along with the RAF Central Band.

Last night he also played an exclusive specially composed piece along with his brother Andrew on the horn and his wife Alex, written for his parents and family, which was a very proud moment for all, who were privileged to be the first to hear it.

A very enjoyable evening, topped off with thanks from Paula Pipen, President Henllys Rotary Club.

Just to remind you that Theatre Adhoc will be preforming ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ on Saturday 30th April at the church along with various other venues and on May 7th from 10am to 3.30pm it will be open day at the church, this year’s theme ‘Our Industrial History’.

IMG_1015For more details and tickets, ring 01495 762228

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