A CONCERT starring a world-famous choir and Llanidloes’ talented young musicians raised thousands of pounds for a new community centre roof.

The Llanidloes Community Centre roof appeal concert raised £2,000 following the dazzling performances from the Treorchy Male Voice Choir, Ysgol Llanidloes choir and young musicians Finn Macken, Ruby Koffer and Rhys Jones.

Organisers have described it as “one of the most successful events that Llanidloes has experienced in recent years”.

More than 300 people, including audience members from as far as Canada and the USA, packed out Llanidloes Community Centre.

Mary Browning, concert organiser, said: “The choir is justifiably described as ‘world famous’ and they certainly lived up to their reputation.

“Their powerful singing voices filled the enormous community centre hall so beautifully, it felt as if this was what the hall was really designed for.

“Their repertoire included a wonderful mixture of traditional Welsh and more modern songs from England, Europe and the USA, most of which had been arranged by the choir’s talented musical director Jeffrey Howard.

“The programme was also interspersed with some lovely instrumental solos by outstanding musicians from Llanidloes High School: Finn Macken on trombone, Ruby Koffer on cello and Rhys Jones who sang and played guitar.

“The combined Llanidloes Schools Choir also gave an excellent performance, under the direction of Haf Evans.

“Perhaps the real climax of this concert however was when the children joined with the Treorchy choir to sing ‘You raise me up’.

“The applause felt as if it almost did raise the roof.”

Llanidloes Community Centre directors would like to thank all those who helped with the concert: Woosnam and Davies for selling tickets, The Hafren theatre for the loan of their staging, to all who helped with providing and serving refreshments, to Llanidloes schools for their contribution and to all the other people gave their valuable time and energy to making this such a special event.

If anybody could give a few hours a month to volunteer at the centre contact Richard Beale on 01686 440271 or e-mail richardjbeale@btinternet.com.