West to Llandudno, Queen of the Welsh seaside resorts, built in 1848 with money from the Mostyn Estate. The festival is held over several days at Venue Cymru. Côr Dewi Sant entered the 'Singing for Fun' section. Once inside, we saw Ruth, on a high balcony, beckoning us upward to gather for a practise. The room was amazing, long and thin, and it was all I could do to keep my eyes on our leader. Floor to ceiling windows with a 180 degree view of the rough sea and the odd gull swooping past. You couldn't see the prom below, just water; maybe a glimpse of the pier to the left. The staging in the theatre was narrow. Ruth put her mathematician hat on and divided our number by 5 instead of 4 so that we fitted and didn't fall off the ends. We sang 3 songs and came 5th out of 10 choirs. Ruth's Conwy Council Choir came 3rd. The gentleman who introduced the choirs made us laugh and was perfect.
By Pauline Emery
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