Royal Audience for YO!
Members of the Carmarthen Youth Opera enjoyed the rare honour of performing for HM the Queen at the official inauguration of the £1 billion South Hook liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Milford Haven. The historic event was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York as well as senior members of the Qatari Royal Family.
The twenty four Youth Opera youngsters were in the line up to be presented to the Queen and performed a song especially written for the occasion. Two Youth Opera members, 10 year old Thomas Miles from Llanddarog and 9 year old Anna Parker from Croesyceiliog, were chosen, along with two Qatari children, to be part of the special Inauguration Ceremony by receiving two crystal plaques from the Emir of Qatar and HM the Queen, which were then installed in the specially commissioned sculpture to be retained on the site. Artistic Director of the Youth Opera, Adrian Wyn Rowlands, said, “This was a moment to be treasured. The children’s superb performance in front of the Queen follows our successful production of ‘South Pacific’ earlier in the year. We have been truly honoured’.
Carmarthen Youth Opera members with soloists Gwawr Edwards and Abdelkader Saadoun and the Morriston Orpheus Choir who all sang for the Royal Families ofthe United Kingom and Qatar as well as members of government and VIP guests
H M the Queen and H R H the Emir of Qatar presenting the Chrystal inauguration plaques to Fatima and Thomas during the inauguration ceremony