Eurovision winners Brotherhood of Man have paid a moving tribute to the wife of a much-loved childhood teacher.
On Saturday night, the band, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976, performed at the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli. They were joined on stage by the world-famous Hywel Girls’ Choir, the Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, the Llanelli Choral Society and the British Sinfonietta Orchestra. The concert was conducted by John Hywel Williams, who founded both Hywel choirs and who gave singing tuition to Brotherhood of Man band-member Nicky Stevens when, as a girl, she herself was a chorister with Hywel Girls’ Choir.
The concert’s program was made up of Christmas music, and all 250 singers and musicians performed in tribute to John Hywel Williams’ wife, the late Jean Hywel. Tragically, Jean Hywel was killed in a car crash in Llanelli town centre in May this year. A successful pianist and music teacher, Jean had just that day performed a VE Day concert at the town’s St Elli Parish Church.
Saturday night’s performance was also the first ever joint performance of Save your kisses for me, the song with which Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest.
It’s always wonderful to meet up with Nicky, conducter John Hywel Wlliams told journalists from the walesonline.co.uk. I am proud of all of the thousands of my students over the years – many of which have gone onto successful careers in opera, West End, Broadway and the world of pop. But seeing Nicky always warms my heart. Not all students go onto sell over 5 million records and the warmth and fun of her personality is contagious!
2016 looks set to be another busy year for Brotherhood of Man, with a number of performances and appearances announced on their official website. The first of which will be on 30 January at Berlin’s Red Ballroom.