CHELTENHAM music lovers were treated to a night of stunning Welsh song as male voice choir Johns’ Boys performed in front of a full house at the Town Hall last weekend.
The choir who recently appeared on The Royal Variety Show having stunned audiences on Britain’s Got Telent with their debut single ‘Biblical’, were joined by Mezzo Soprano Welsh singer Sioned Terry, who mezmerized the audience with performances of ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from The Sound of Music and ‘On The Street Where You Live’ from My Fair Lady.
Johns’ Boys from Wrexham, North Wales have become one of the most decorated British male choirs in history.
Formed in 2016 by Aled Phillips, The choir have won numerous choral competitions and in 2019 became the first British Male Voice Choir to win the prestigious Pavarotti ‘Choir of the World’ prize at the Llangollen International music festival. They have made numerous TV appearances, including The Last Night of the Proms, Britain’s Got Talent, The Royal Variety Show and the Netflix blockbuster drama Stay Close.
Although there are actually no ‘Johns’ in the choir, Johns’ Boys comes from a celebration of the lives and work of two composers and conductors from the village of Rhosllannerchrugog in Nort Wales, John Tudor Davies and John Glyn Williams, decendants of whom are actually in the choir.
Johns’ Boys performed classics such as Verdi’s ‘Eviva Beviam’, added a bit of fun with the likes of ‘nothing Like A Dame’, ‘What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor,’ and ‘Cat Like Tread’ from Pirates of Penzance, along with musical classics, and my peronal favourites, ‘Bui Doi’ from Miss Saigon, and legendary Welsh hymns ‘Calon Lan’, ‘Myfanwy’ and ‘Gwahoddiad’.
Cheltenham certainly showed an appetite for Welsh hymns with a gasp and applause from the audience as ‘Calon Lan’ was announced.
There was also something for the younger generation with an excellent performance of Harry Styles Fallen.
The balance of the vocals and harmonies was sublime, and arrangements made each song their own. The night ended with a performance of their Britain’s Got Talent version of callum Scott’s ‘Biblical’ and the Welsh classic ‘Calon Lan’.
As the boys took stage, I was a little apprehensive as to how a male voice choir from Wales would be received in Cheltenham, but the standing ovation at the end spoke volumes and as I turned to leave, I could see I wasn’t the only person without a dry eye.
As a proud Welshman myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the night, as did my 11-year-old daughter. If you get the chance to see Johns’ Boys in the future, don’t hesitate, you will be treated to a fabulous night of song.
Diolch yn fawr iawn, bechgyn!
(Thank you very much boys!)
For more information, please visit Johnsboys.co.uk