I have been a member of the NYCW since 2010. This year marks my final year in the choir, and I cannot think of a better way to end my amazing five years with the choir than being able to attend the choir's Argentina tour. I have always wanted to visit Argentina, particularly Patagonia, and to be able to visit the country with the people I have become so close with during my time in the choir is such a fantastic opportunity. In preparation for the tour, we are tackling a large South American programme, which is something completely new to me. The music is so exciting and so much fun to perform!
I am very much looking forward to our performances whilst in Argentina, but am also super excited to experience the culture and meet the people, some of which may be descendants of those who travelled from Wales all those years ago. I have also been told that the food there is fantastic! I am so grateful to the choir for giving us the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a country that is so far away and yet so close to us a nation.
It’s a huge honour to get the opportunity to travel to Patagonia with a choir as wonderful as NYCW. Having spent the majority of the last three years studying in England, I’ve come to appreciate even more, the importance of my Welsh heritage and our culture. The experience of returning to Wales to sing with a vibrant community of young, talented musicians is fulfilling as it is. To also have the chance to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, who made the brave decision to travel over 7,500 miles in search of a new home to preserve our language and identity, is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am particularly excited to be visiting Puerto Madryn, where the first emigrants set foot on Argentinian land, and for our concert in the Teatro Gran Rex as part of Buenos Aires’ prestigious Mozarteum Argentino concert series. I’m also hoping we’ll be able to spare an hour or so to visit one of Gaiman’s famous teahouses!