Thursday, 10 September 2009


Ysgol Emmanuel school choirIn June 1953 the present Queen Elizabeth II had her coronation. The following month she was here in Rhyl visiting Brookes’ field (between Rhyl and Rhuddlan) to see advance preparations for the National Eisteddfod’s visit in August.

Mrs. Joyce Simcock (was Taylor) of Rhyl says, “This is a picture of Ysgol Emmanuel Choir who were Eisteddfod winners that year. I am in the middle row, sixth from the left, and the gentleman in the front row looking pleased is Mr T.A. Williams the music teacher.”

Thank you, Joyce. In the enlarged detail, she is top left and Mr. Williams bottom right. Not many boys in the choir, I see – shirking as usual!

TUE 14th AUG 2018 UPDATE: One of the events at this Eisteddfod was a large-scale performance of Mendelssohn's biblical oratorio 'Elijah' with an orchestra from Liverpool.
The following is part of the programme; the list of participants looks like a mix of amateurs and professionals:

Click on the image to read small print.

The following names are added here for indexing purposes:
R.A. Butler politician,
Stanislav Pieczora singer Ena Mitchell, Patricia Kern singer Robert Thomas, Ernest Williams singer June Glynne Jones, Clive Berry singer,
Babbins Johnson dancer Arthur Solomons, 
June Appleton dancer Susan Benson, Pat Burrell dancer Joan Humphries, Gaynor Owen dancer Elizabeth Stubbs, Maureen Williams dancer Carol Wright, Margaret Hare dancer Pamela Jones, Miki Speak dancer Sybil Goodband, Einir Rowlands dancer,
Rev. W. Pritchard singer Arthur Higgins, John Edward Evans singer Donald Pryce Lloyd,
Gwilym Thomas singer J. Vaughan Jones, Hugh Jones singer Ken W. Platt,
David Parry singer Frank Hatch, Islwyn Parry singer Elfed Roberts, Errol Roberts singer Geraint Vaughan, A, Williams singer Edwin Williams, Terry Williams singer,
Tom Anwyl singer Tom Charles, G.C. Claridge singer Philip Griffiths, Joseph H. Jones singer G.W. Riches,
D.P. Hughes, G.E. Pritchard, Brenda Blazier, Joyce Holden, A.O. Evans, T.S. Simon.