History

Persain was formed in the autumn of 2000 by a group of ladies who wanted to create a sound which was different from that of other choirs in the area, gaining an established reputation with the help, especially, of conductors Nancy, Glyn and Catrin and accompanists Andrew, James and David, first meeting for rehearsals at the Village Hall, Tycroes, and later at Gosen Chapel, Llandybie.


Persain has performed at various venues in the South West Wales area, and travelled further afield. In 2007, with growing numbers and a new repertoire of songs, the choir undertook its first overseas tour to Torrevieja in Spain, famous for its production of salt and for its Habaneras Choir Festival; and in October 2010 visited Cornwall, to sing in a concert at St. Austell. The Imerys Male Voice Choir from St. Austell returned the visit to Ammanford the next year. The choir has a varied concert programme throughout the year, singing at a number of concerts, weddings, harvest suppers and St. David's Day events, giving recitals to raise funds for charities and entertaining at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses and the Cenarth River Festival, as well as its Annual Concert in October and its Carols by Candlelight each Christmas. Choir members also enjoy a number of social occasions, holding craft fayres, dinners and visits to concerts and musical events.


In 2009, following the resignation of conductor Catrin Williams, Persain was very fortunate to gain the services of Anne Wheldon as its new Musical Director. Since Anne has taken over the choir has improved steadily and enjoys an excellent reputation. Changes have taken place, too, regarding Persain's accompanist. In 2008, David Rees, our accompanist for a number of years, graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from Girton College, Cambridge, to study medicine at Swansea University. David left the choir in 2010 to concentrate on his medical studies and future career as a General Practitioner, and Persain was pleased to welcome as our new accompanist Catherine Morgan from Rhydyfro. In 2014 we were pleased to acquire the services of our Deputy Accompanist, Owen Morgan, who accompanied us when we sang in Plymouth, and this year we are delighted to welcome Tom Howell, who will be accompanying us on our visit to Enniscorthy in Ireland.


Over the last few years Persain has had a busy time, with its second visit to Spain's Costa Blanca, giving concerts at La Zenia and Torre Vieja, performing at weddings and at a variety of local concerts as well as visits to St. Fagans, Tenby, Stoke on Trent and Plymouth. Recent events include taking part in a First World War Commemoration Service in Carmarthen for Dyfed Powys Police, in memory of the sixteen officers of the Police Force who lost their lives in the Great War and we began 2015 with St. David's Day celebrations at Ammanford and the National Botanic Gardens, also travelling to Cardiff to sing on the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre. In April we presented a concert with Treharris Male Voice Choir, a visit we  reciprocated  in July. The concert raised £350 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and a cheque has been presented to a representative of the charity. Our Quiz at Llandybie Social Club raised over £400 for choir funds. In September we entertained at the Food Fayre held at the National Botanic Gardens and held another Quiz at Llandybie Social Club. In October we were pleased to record our first CD, "Sing for Joy", which is now available, held our Annual Concert and sang at the Diplomat in Llanelli. In December we sang at Aberglasney and the Botanic Gardens and held our annual Christmas Celebration  at Llandybie Social Club, Campbell Road. In January we had the wonderful experience of singing in the Attlee Suite at the Houses of Parliament. We held our Annual Concert in July this year, with wonderful guest artistes soprano Lisa Carlisle and violinist Abigail Hammett. In September we sang at St. David's Cathedral - a wonderful and memorable experience - before our visit to Enniscorthy in Ireland at the beginning of October.