Oxford's Welsh voices sing out for St David

Oxford Mail: In full voice: The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir In full voice: The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

WELSH voices boomed over a congregation of hundreds at an early St David’s Day celebration in Oxford.

More than 200 people with connections to Wales attended a celebration at the Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, on Saturday night.

The main attraction, The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, pictured, performed classics such as O Gymru, Hafan Gobaith and Blaenwern.

Solo performances were also given by harpist Fien Barnett-Neefs and singer Bethan Tovey, ahead of St David’s Day on Friday. Choir chairman George Jenkinson, 60, pictured left, of Headington, said: “I think it went very well. We had a good crowd there despite the fact it was a very cold night. It brought the Welsh community together.”

He said his connection with Wales was through his great-great-grandfather, who worked in the mines.

He said most people at the concert had some connection to the country.

He said: “We did make an effort to make it very Welsh, unlike our Autumn concert at the Town Hall, which is much more accessible.”

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