Eschoir is a Welsh male choir which was formed in 2009 at the Borough Welsh Chapel near London Bridge. The choir formed with the aim of encouraging the male choir tradition among younger men, as well as creating a home-from-home in the busy city. Thanks to Dr Haydn James, the first public performance was at the Millennium Stadium, singing the anthems at the Wales vs. Italy Six Nations tournament. Since, they have been fortunate to sing for the British Prime Minister at 10 Downing St on three occasions, Buckingham Palace, Lambeth Palace, the British Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and last summer they completed a USA tour which ended in a grand concert at the North American Festival of Wales. Eschoir has shared the stage with pop artists Katie Melua, Cerys Matthews and Super Furry Animals, and have appeared on popular UK TV programmes such as the BBC Tracey Ulmann Show as well as Visit Wales tourism adverts. Eschoir supports the London Welsh community by singing at charity events, Cymanfaoedd Canu, as well as weddings and funerals. Indeed, the choir sang at the funeral of the late actor Alan Rickman, whose mother was Welsh. On St. David’s Day they can be seen at Paddington Train Station, Borough Market, and the House of Commons, followed by a noson lawen at a West London bar. A recent noson lawen was attended by David Beckham and Ed Sheeran, who popped into the bar expecting a quiet drink!
It shouldn’t happen only 1 day a year when we hear brilliant Welsh voices ringing out in Number 10 Downing Street. I think we might have to make it more like a monthly occasion. But that was fantastic; thank you very much indeed.