Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK sponsored the world premiere of community opera presentation, ‘Gelert’, as the North Wales International Music Festival marked its 50th anniversary.
The festival, which had a gold theme to celebrate its half-century, took place at St Asaph cathedral from 17 September to 1 October with a variety of performances each day.
Ruthin-headquartered Jones Bros sponsored the community opera, presented by Paul Mealor, pupil of William Mathias Music Centre and a former St Asaph Cathedral chorister.
The commission was entitled ‘Gelert: A Folktale Retold’, with performances in both English and Welsh, and libretto by Grahame Davies.
The one act opera featured a community chorus, children’s choir, young soloist, tenor, baritone, soprano and a small orchestra. A British Sign Language interpreter was also present for the shows.
Jones Bros was named as a co-commissioner of the ‘Gelert’ opera, which has been published by major choral editor, Novello & Co Ltd – helping to create a long-lasting legacy for the civil engineering company.
Lynne Williams, marketing manager at Jones Bros, said: “It was fantastic to be a part of such a historic event in North Wales, especially as the festival celebrated its 50th year.
“It was even more special to be involved as it was virtual in 2021, so this was the first in-person show since Covid.
“We were proud to sponsor and celebrate such amazing talent in the region. Paul Mealor and Grahame Davies created a truly beautiful opera, and we were thrilled to be named co-commissioner of it.
“We are passionate about championing Welsh talent in our own industry, so we enjoyed the opportunity to apply these values to the musical world.”
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.
The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 50 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.