Heralding the Christmas season, the Nelson Arion Choir will once again be joined by the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band and Pendle Children’s Choir, along with their new Musical Director, Julie Townson, for their 42nd Christmas Cracker.
The Choir encourages audience participation, so the more the merrier. Please join us to ring in the festivities with a traditional feast of well-known Christmas music, songs and carols.
In was in 1910 that Lawson Berry 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.