Star Shines at Homecoming Show
May 14th, 2010
International Welsh singer Iris Williams thrilled a packed audience of fans in Pontypridd during her outstanding homecoming concert organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The New York-based entertainer, who received the OBE in 2004 in recognition of her dedicated charity work, made a special visit back to Wales to lead the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Glyntaff Tenants and Residents Association and the 21st anniversary of the Credit Union in Rhydyfelin.
Pontypridd-born Iris gave one of her finest stage performances to many old friends, relatives and ardent supporters at Hawthorn Leisure Centre for the special celebratory evening of music and song.
With her regular musicians of the Peter Day Band, Iris Williams gave another first-class evening of musical entertainment. With her relaxed and often comical style, she fully displayed her sheer versatility as a solo artist.
With a repertoire ranging from jazz and big band hits and Edith Piaf melodies, through to “The Rose” and “Simply the Best”, she continually impressed the audience with plenty of firm favourites, including the song of the Welsh exiles, “Unwaith Eto’n Nghymru Annwyl”.
Iris brought the audience to its feet with a performance of her famous classic hit “He Was Beautiful”, to the tune of Cavatina and left to another rousing standing ovation with “Remember Me”.
A presentation was made to Iris by Dragon Savers Credit Union for her ongoing commitment to supporting the organisation for over 21 years.
“Whoever had the pleasure of attending the concert will remember it for many, many years to come.”
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