A selection of The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2012’s best Commonwealth performers were invited to perform in The Commonwealth Carnival of Music at Westminster Hall, including choirs from Canada, South Africa and Australia and a dance troupe from India.
In addition, line-up included the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Ngāti Rānana Maori Choir who brought the Haka to Westminster, a Welsh Male Voice Choir and The Watoto Children’s Choir. There was also be a rare opportunity to see The Parliament Choir whose members include Lords, MPs and other members of Westminster Staff.
Entertaining the audience on stages around the hall during the afternoon before the formal concert in our Croeso Carnival (Welcome Carnival) were BT Melodians Steel Orchestra, The Abraham Darby School Showband from Telford and The Hartley Morris Dancers.
Our Carnival hosts were Baroness Floella Benjamin, TV Presenter, Huw Edwards and Bite The Ballot’s Michael Sani. The official proceedings were heralded by a lone piper, from the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment and a special letter of best wishes from HHR Prince Charles was read by Lord Alan Watson of Richmond.
We are grateful to all the performers and volunteers who generously gave their time to make this such a memorable day.
Thanks also go to Barrie Neil Photography and Ben Rogers for photographs of the event.
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Nāgati Rānana Maori Choir do the Haka
Combined London Welsh and Gwalia Male Voice Choirs
Conducted by Haydn James
Midlands Youth Choir of South Africa
Guelph Chamber Choir of Canada
Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda
Laura Wright and Reading Blue Coat School Chamber Choir
Parliament Choir conducted by Simon Over
Heritage Dancers of India
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir of Australia
BT Melodians Steel Orchestra of London and Trinidad
Abraham Darby Showband, Telford
Hartley Morris Men of Kent
Lance Cpl A Parsons
Pipes & Drums of the
Baroness Floella Benjamin and Huw Edwards
Lord Alan Watson of Richmond reads a letter from HRH Prince Charles
Lord Watson with the Carnival President, Lord Roger Roberts of Llandudno
The audience in Westminster Hall
Janet McBride – Creative Producer and Director
David McBride – Chairman and Chief Executive