North America Wales Foundation Welsh Heritage Award and Gala Concert Dinner
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friday September 4, 2020 ~ Ticket Required, not covered by a NAFOW Pass ~ $80.00.
preassigned seating required. Attire ~ Black Tie Optional
Edward Morus Jones is from Llandegfan, where he was a teacher and headmaster for 18 years. Over the years he has written and recorded scores of songs and albums for children, and written shows, plays, and musicals. He sings with the renowned Côr Godre’r Aran Male Choir in the Bala area. In addition, he teaches hymn-singing and has conducted many cymanfaoedd canu.
Few individuals have extended their contributions to the cultural and social lives of their communities in Wales to Welsh-American life as Edward Morus Jones. He is described as a folk singer, school headmaster, campaigner, and political candidate. That only begins to describe this gentle, warm-hearted person whose own viviality makes him no stranger to anyone he meets. He has long been a leader of Undeb Cymru a’r Byd, now Wales International, serving it in many capacities over the years. He is a familiar face in our gatherings, particularly at the North American Festival of Wales and especially in Philadelphia. The North America Wales Foundation is particularly pleased that he has accepted an invitation to receive the Foundation's highest honor, its Heritage Medallion – Y Tlws Treftadaeth.
Dafydd Jones is a Welsh tenor in his 3rd year as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, London, under the tuition of Mark Tucker and Gary Mattewman. Recently, Dafydd was successful in winning the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize – The Blue Ribbon at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, giving him the opportunity to perform at the North American Festival of Wales held in Philadelphia, USA.
Other successes at the National Eisteddfod include 1st Prize Hen Ganiadau (Welsh Song) competition (2019), 2nd on the Tenor Solo under 25 (2019) and 1st in the Lieder solo under 25 (2018). Dafydd is in demand as a concert soloist performing the tenor solos in oratorios such as: Messiah by Handel, The Crucifixion by Stainer, The Hymn of Praise by Mendelssohn and St Cecillia Mass by Gounod. Dafydd has had the honour of being the tenor soloist in the World Premiere of Bob Chilcott’s remembrance work ‘Move him into the sun’ conducted by the composer himself.
At the Royal College of Music, Dafydd has had the opportunity to sing the tenor solo in a set of choral works by Lili Boulanger as part of a concert of female composers and has worked in a masterclass with Rosa Mannion. In the summer of 2019, Dafydd made his operatic debut as Don Ottavio in Opra Cymru’s touring production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
PLEASE NOTE: *You must have your seating preassigned to attend the banquet. Please bring your banquet ticket, and those in the party you would like to sit with, to the registration area to reserve your place. Banquet seating selection will be available throughout the hours that the Registration Desk is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. [see menu]