CHRISTMAS IS HERE! For the first time at the Muni, Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir will be performing its annual Christmas concert in the afternoon. Joined by the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band and the Arden Youth Choir a magical afternoon of carols is in store.
In was in 1910 that Lawson Berry (pictured on right) took the Arion to compete at Caergwile (Wales) where they took first prize and Bardic Chair. This was the first time a choir was ever brought out of Wales.
Over many, many years the unique sound from the Arion Choir has been widely recognised by people like Sir Thomas Armstrong, who for many years was a most respected adjudicator of Choral Music.
It could be said that the choir hit one of its peaks during and after the 1980’s. The choir won many Festivals and Competitions, which included the Llangollen International Eisteddfod (a record 5 times), the BBC Radio Wales Choir of the Year Competition, The Elgar Trophy and many more.
The choir has also appeared at the Royal Albert Hall and the Festival Hall in London. They have also visited Germany, Vancouver, Budapest and Ireland and have made very recent appearances at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall – Manchester.