Paphos woman to sing with famous Welsh choir

A PAPHOS businesswoman has been invited to sing three solos with a renowned Welsh male voice choir at their forthcoming performances in the town.

The Morlais male voice choir will be in Paphos to give two performances next week.

Judith Evans-Davies, originally from Wales, is a classically trained singer and has performed in Cyprus on previous occasions, but says that this is the first time she will sing with a male voice choir. She made her debut performance in the Welsh National Opera “Madame Butterfly”

Although she will be performing three solos, along with another female singer, Margaret Bevan, who lives in Wales, she will also be joining them at some point during the performance.

Aged just 19, Evans-Davies started up an advertising business in Newtown, Mid Wales, and later moved to Shrewsbury and set up two successful newspapers.

She moved to Paphos with her husband Mark seven years ago and set up a local newspaper. She also started ‘Revial’ Fashion Agency, but singing has remained her passion.

“I was invited to perform with the choir for their two performances in Paphos and I am thrilled and delighted to have been asked,” she told the Cyprus Mail.

Evans-Davies added that she was “really looking forward to the experience.”

In Welsh, Côr Meibion Morlais means Morlais Male Choir. Originally founded in 1928, the 40-member choir, in 1932, began a series of Annual Concerts in Ferndale with renowned solo artists of international repute. Famous soloists have included Dame Gwyneth Jones, Heddle ash and Stuart Burrows.

Choir members these days span the decades; the youngest being in his twenties and the oldest being in his 70s.They also span professions such as bus drivers, plumbers, students and company directors.

The programme of the Morlais male choir is varied and includes renditions of opera, folk music, pop and jazz, through to religious works.

They have performed more than nineteen international tours including such countries as the UK, France, Germany, the USA, Canada and Ireland, most at major concert venues. They also raise thousands of pounds for charities on a yearly basis.

The Morlais male voice choir featuring soloists Judith Evans Davies and Margarat Bevan will be at Mandria cultural centre on March 1 – St.David’s day – at 7.17pm, tickets are priced at €10.

On Saturday March 5 they will perform at the Markedeion Theatre in Paphos at 7.15pm, tickets are priced at €12.