One of the perks of running events at Gliffaes is that, although it is hard work to organise, it is fantastic to join in! I love music and Saturday night was our annual opera evening, a charity concert for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and George Thomas Hospice Care in Cardiff.
This year the singers were Penny Chalmers and her husband John, Alison Nicoll, John Games (from Llangynidr) and Virginia Kerr. David Seaman from the WNO was a hero as he had to step in at the very last minute to replace the pianist who had injured her hand.
The programme was a mix of favourite songs ranging from Mozart, Verdi and Humperdinck to Offenbach and Gilbert & Sullivan and many more. John Games, our neighbour and local Bass, also sang beautifully to add a little local flavor to the evening. I particularly enjoyed his Drinking Song, which he performed with relish!
It is pretty special having professional voices accompanied by a grand piano in your sitting room and it is certainly very different from actually going to the opera. The sound is fantastic and really very uplifting and powerful. The singers certainly brought the house down and everyone had a great evening. Most importantly we raised £1300 for this year’s very deserving charities.