THREE generations of the same family wowed a captive audience as Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir performed at a concert in Cheshire.

The choir was invited to perform in Tarporley recently at a concert in aid of a local hospice, as well as raising funds for the Powys-based Bracken Trust cancer charity.

Even outshining the choir on the evening were mother and daughter duo Bethan and Ffion Thomas, as well as grandmother Kaye Rees who accompanied daughter Bethan with two duets.


The choir were invited by ex-local lass Anne Kelly (nee Lewis), from Dolau, who organised the event

in Tarporley in aid of the local St Luke’s Hospice and The Bracken Trust, based in Llandrindod Wells. “The concert was one of the choir’s finest hours,” said a spokesperson. “In part thanks to the excellent venue, Tarporley Methodist and Baptiste Chapel, with lovely acoustics, and the superb supporting artists.

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“The choir opened with a rousing version of ‘Men of Harlech’ and after a couple more pieces the

supporting artists took the floor. Bethan Thomas is the choir’s extremely accomplished accompanist who was accompanied by her equally talented mother Kaye, who played two beautiful duets.

“The audience was then bowled over by the wonderfully gifted Ffion Thomas, daughter of Bethan and choir secretary John Thomas, on the cornet. One of which was a beautiful rendition of ‘Love Changes Everything’.

“The choir followed in her shadow with a few more pieces before Bethan and Ffion played a duet on the keyboard, ‘Comedians Galop’, by Kabalevsky.”

The evening was held together by compere Phil Gayther and raised an outstanding £1,406,

meaning £703 each for St Luke’s and the Bracken Trust.