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Solomon and Gaenor

While our society is in Edinburgh, a Welsh language film is sometimes worth travelling for!

Solomon and Gaenor is shot in Welsh, English and Yiddish and stars Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts and Maureen Lipman. Set in 1911 in the Welsh Valleys, against the backdrop of anti-semitic riots, it tells a Romeo and Juliet tale of a Jewish lad falling in love with a local girl. It is a glorious film; beautifully shot, utterly heartbreaking, and it’s playing in Glasgow on Sunday 10 November at 5.00pm at the Glasgow Film Theatre as part of a series of countrywide screenings to celebrate the film’s 20th birthday.

To book tickets and to see the film’s trailer, please go to https://ukjewishfilm.org/film/solomon-and-gaenor/.

Vron in Edinburgh

There’s a rare chance to hear the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir in Edinburgh coming very soon! The Fron are singing at 7.30pm next Monday (28 October) at the CCE King’s Hall, 41a South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NZ.

You’ll know all about the choir anyway – for example, Male Voice Champions at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018 – but there’s more at this link. Or short-circuit the process, and go straight to this link for your tickets – the choir would love to have one or two of you in the audience.

Welsh voices in Kirkcaldy

At 7.30pm on Saturday 26 October East Fife Male Voice Choir are to be joined by award-winning Colwyn Male Voice Choir for an eagerly awaited return joint concert, following East Fife’s visit to North Wales last October.

The concert, held in the wonderful acoustics of Pathhead Church, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2AG promises to be an event not to be missed. All money raised from the concert will be used to alleviate the desperate poverty suffered by the residents in the La Gonave area of Haiti. More information about the Haiti Help charity via this link. Tickets are £10: to book, email Lou Davidson at ku.gro.plehitiahnull@uol or text/phone her on 07732 263467.

Sad news: Keith Welsher

Our President writes:

It is with great sadness that I am letting you know that Keith Welsher passed away on Thursday after a short illness. He passed away peacefully with Jennifer and their daughters at his side. Keith had been a member of the Society for many years and in that time he had served as a committee member and was the current Honorary Treasurer; he had given stalwart service to the Society over a long period of time. He will be missed. I am sure that you will join me in passing on our sympathies and condolences to Jennifer and the family at this sad time.

Details of the funeral will be circulated when they are known; but it is unlikely to be in the next week or 10 days.

Cantorion Gogledd Cymru concert

We’ve been asked to give you early warning that the Cantorion Gogledd Cymru Male Voice Choir will be appearing on stage at the Gardyne Theatre Dundee at 7.30pm on 28 February 2020. You can get details of the concert and book on-line at theatre’s web site and details about the Choir are at this link.

George Lander adds: “Of the 40 members travelling, 33 are Welsh speakers. If you could make it to the concert it would be great to have members of the audience with Welsh connections and you could even practice your Welsh with us.”

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