The end-of-year fixture with Wales playing the Barbarians on Nov 30 will feature five male choirs, totalling 160 voices – Ar ôl Tri, Bechgyn Bro Taf, Côr Meibion Carnguwch, Meibion y Mynydd and Tenby Male Choir, accompanied by The Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh.
Also in November, pleased to be working again with The Borough Welsh Choir and Meibion Goronwy, followed in December by an engagement with Eschoir.
The two summer games (against England and Ireland) ahead of the Rugby World Cup provided some superb singing from the three mixed voice choirs and four male choirs respectively. Delighted to welcome the BBC Welsh Chorus and Côr Meibion Talgarth, each making its first appearance at the Stadium.
Looking forward to conducting Hart MVC in Cornwall as guest MD in September.
Delighted to conduct the Borough Welsh Choir on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show for St David’s Day.
Privileged to be at the Stadium with the Flint & Pendyrus Choir for some amazing singing from choirs and supporters, ahead of the Wales victory against England; this was followed by Wales v Ireland with Eschoir & Pontarddulais Male Choir, when Wales took the 2019 Grand Slam.
At its recent AGM, the Hart Male Voice Choir approved the appointment of Haydn as its new President, a position he was privileged to accept.
On May 22, Haydn joined The Borough Welsh Choir to share the conducting with Mike Williams at a Garden Party in Buckingham Palace.
The following day, he travelled to the USA and on June 2 conducted the Welsh National Anthem and pre-match singing at Wales v South Africa in the RFK Stadium in Washington DC.
On June 3, Haydn was guest conductor with the Burlington Welsh MVC at a concert in Washington DC, and at the end of the concert was delighted to be made an Honorary Patron of the Choir.
Following a rehearsal at the Principality Stadium ahead of Wales v France on March 17, Haydn was privileged and honoured to be made a Vice-President of Côr Meibion Pendyrus. Musical Director Stewart Roberts presented Haydn with a framed Certificate, as well as a copy of the choir’s new CD.
Haydn conducted The Borough Welsh Choir at a House of Commons function in February, and was pleased to direct them again at the 2018 St David’s Day Service in the Commons’ Chapel, followed by providing choral entertainment at a reception in Number 10 Downing Street, hosted by The Prime Minister and The Secretary of State for Wales.
Haydn visited Boston in April 2017 to join the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus in celebration of their 25th anniversary. He shared the conducting at an anniversary concert with the current Musical Director and three former Directors, and was honoured for his work with the choir since its formation.
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS – Haydn was privileged to be invited to join the British & Irish Lions at their training camps in Wales and Ireland, to work with the team and support staff on music for their tour to New Zealand.
Haydn joined the Maesteg and Brecon Male Choirs as a guest conductor in his home town of Maesteg, and as guest conductor at a massed choir concert in Romsey Abbey. He also directed the Borough Welsh Choir, Côr Meibion Gwalia and the Rushmoor Male Choir as guest conductor in concerts during the Autumn of 2017.
Haydn gave a lunchtime presentation on conducting massed choirs to the Professional Businessmen’s Club (Probus) in December – this was his second appearance as a guest speaker.
He will also travel to Washington DC with Eschoir for the 2018 North American Festival of Wales.