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Festival of Britain
Festival of Britain (2013279)
The Festival of Britain was held as a centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851, and doubled up as a feel-good celebration following the trauma of the end of the war six years earlier. Every town and village celebrated it in one way or another. Rhondda, for example, ran a Music Week at the beginning of June, and street parties and carnivals flourished everywhere. This photograph of Clara Street, Ton Pentre, is a great example. (Photo: RCT Libraries; blurb - Gerald Richards)
Music on the mountain
Music on the mountain (2013270)
Music on the mountain (Gerald Richards)
Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013
Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013 (20130535)
One of those pictures we may never see again (Alun)
The magic came up from the floor!
The magic came up from the floor! (2013509)
The magic came up from the floor! This photograph shows Mr Wallace James at the keyboard on the occasion of the opening of the Rex in 1939. I remember being taken there by my step-Dad to watch the Jazz Singer. The atmosphere - rendered all the richer and more expectant by the low lights and plush carpet flooring and red chairs - was tremendous. And then, as the lights dipped even dimmer, the magic happened: the floor of the stage in front of the heavily draped screens just opened and Dr Who appeared in the Tardis – I mean a gentleman floated to the surface seated at the biggest piano I had ever seen! As we left the cinema that night to catch the ‘bus home, my Dad chirruped a few Al Jolson ‘Mammee’s’ and generally waxed lyrical about the film; but all I could think about was the man who magically appeared out of the ground and played music! (photo: RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
Singing for your supper
Singing for your supper (2013507)
Singing for your Supper – young harpist playing in the garden at the back of the Swan, Cardiff Road. (photo: undated) (RCT Libraries)
The tap dancer
The tap dancer (2013505)
Tap dancer, Aberaman – circa 1910. Watch ‘em boots! Before Billy Elliott came to town . . . In 1886, the editor of the Aberdare Times complained about the lack of male partners to accompany the ladies in their pursuit of the gentle art of dancing. Here is one of the reasons he gave: ‘Colliers, hauliers, and the dancing class’, he said, ‘do not compare very serenely. Such it is rumoured is the case in our town. It is hoped that they exchange their hob-nails for plain shoes when they visit the rooms of the terpsichorean art, or their light fantastic toes coming in contact with the dainty foot of some tripping damsel may effect some serious damage . . . Here is an extraordinary opportunity for young ladies to learn the lively movements to the music of the harp.’ (Aberdare Times – 2 October 1886) (photo: RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
Aberaman Serenaders abroad!
Aberaman Serenaders abroad! (2013473)
Aberaman Serenaders - Sept 1902 - at a party given by Herbert Thomas, Trevaylor, Cambourne, Cornwall (RCT Libraries)
Aberaman Serenaders
Aberaman Serenaders (2013472)
The Aberaman Serenaders (Gerald Richards)
Male Voice Choir, Ynyslwyd Chapel
Male Voice Choir, Ynyslwyd Chapel (2013430)
Old Boys Aloud! Ynysllwyd chapel, Sunnybank Street, 1972 A scene from Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canol by BBC TV (RCT Libraries)
Aberaman Operatic Society - Camelot
Aberaman Operatic Society - Camelot (2013416)
Thanks for the memoriesThe Aberaman Operatic Society - Camelot - Jack Pool (RCT Libraries)
Brigadoon
Brigadoon (2013057)
(Mrs bull)
Brigadoon 1970
Brigadoon 1970 (2013056)
(Mrs Bull)
Brigadoon 1970
Brigadoon 1970 (2013055)
(Mrs Bull)
Brigadoon 1970
Brigadoon 1970 (2013054)
(Mrs Bull)
Brigadoon 1970
Brigadoon 1970 (2013053)
(Mrs Bull)
Brigaqdoon 1970
Brigaqdoon 1970 (2013052)
Well we know jack Pool (Mrs Bull)
Brigadoon
Brigadoon (2012051)
A young artist added some colour (Mrs Bull)
Operatic Soc
Operatic Soc (2013028)
Lynne is not sure if this is Abercwmboi or Aberaman...we are going to claim it as ours.. (Lynne Lewis)
Operatic Society
Operatic Society (20120135)
the Opera "Paint Your Wagon " 1962 (R.C.T. Libraries)
Operatic Society
Operatic Society (20120049)
Abercwmboi Operatic Society "the Drinking song " from the student Prince. (Angela Hancock)
Long Room Singers
Long Room Singers (20120006)
This I believe is a Male Voice Singing group that met at the long room of The Cap Coch Inn, there are many operatic members in the group, someone said that that they sang on Hughie Greens Opportunity Knocks T/V show, when ?, what year ? anyone help please.... (Angela Hancock)