The John S. Davies Singers ensemble was formed in 1978 and made its debut at the Fishguard International Music Festival in that same year, with a programme which set the pattern for the future repertoire – classical compositions and new works, beginning with John McCabe’s Reflections of a Summer Night. A later major commission dedicated to John S. Davies was Alun Hoddinott’s Mass shown on S4C from Llandaff Cathedral.
There have been many appearances at the Fishguard International Music Festival,the latest in 2014, also throughout Wales at other festivals in Gregynog, Llandeilo, Tenby, St. Davids and Milford Haven. Further afield the Singers have performed in London, Ludlow, Bath and Rome.
2014 was the Singers’ 30th anniversary and it began with the traditional afternoon New Year’s Day concert,then later other performances at Easter and at three summer music festivals in Wales, two accompanied by the Westward Chamber Orchestra in music by Haydn, Vivaldi and Handel, concluding with a performance of the latter’s Messiah.
The size of the group is flexible according to the music performed and has several members following solo careers, while others are in colleges and cathedrals or hold professional posts in the music field. Rehearsals take place in Cardiff once a month and are demanding and intensive.
Further Information: www.johnsdaviessingers.org.uk