Pat Owen

I have been a member of KVU for nearly 40 wonderful years.  My interest in music started as early as 8 years old. With no TV, ipads etc. and a cold house in the winter, you went to bed early.  I entertained myself and my twin sister by singing hymns from my hymn book (my sister chose them and I sang them).

My school choir was very good and we had many a success, the Cheltenham Music Festival, and along with another pupil I represented the school to sing in the Albert Hall. Later I sang in Nottingham and also joined a ladies choir, The Lillian Brown Singers.

With the KVU we had many appearances at the Llangollen Eisteddfodd especially my first visit when KVU came second, I think just 2 points behind the winning choir from Hungary.

Singing in the Elgar Festival in Worcester on a number of occasions has been very special, although I am a little prejudiced (this was my home town). To sing in the cathedral was reward enough, but winning the ladies class was very exciting especially as we did not think we stood a chance.  One of our most memorable performances was singing Valiant For Truth.

Having the opportunity to sing some wonderful Oratorios, two performances that stand out were Elijah and Verdi Requiem performed at St. George’s Hall in Bradford.  We have enjoyed the visit of some wonderful children’s choirs from Africa, Australia and France and have listening to some very talented young people in our annual young musician’s concerts.

Memorable visits abroad, I will never forget KVU singing at the Menin Gate.