Karl Jenkin’s 70th birthday concert

We were so lucky to have Karl Jenkin’s 70th birthday concert held in Tabernacle Chapel (just in front of The Old Manse) yesterday evening, as  the Finale of the Gower Festival.

The programme was substantially the same as that performed in his birthday concerts in The Albert Hall, New York, Sweden and Dublin. Catrin Finch, Royal Harpist, and David Childs on Euphonium were soloists.  Karl conducted and also had rescored a large number of pieces to take account of the soloists and smaller orchestra. The music was fabulous.  The (prize winning) Penclawdd Brass Band played outside before the concert, and wine was served in The Old Manse garden during the interval.    It was a wonderful night.


Here are a couple of Tweets I found.  “Karl Jenkins, the man and his music comes home to Penclawdd!”     “Karl Jenkins concert tonight, was unique emotional and wonderful.”