On June 11th 2019, the Cambrensis family joined hundreds of people at Gilgal Baptist Church, Porthcawl, to celebrate the life, and mourn the loss, of the legend who is Anne Brown.
Anne Brown’s involvement with Cambrensis went back almost 37 years, during which time she had many roles: Alto section leader, Assistant Music Director, Administrator of Cambrensis Ministries (supporting first Kelvin Thomas and then Jeff Howard as their ‘right hand woman’ and ensuring that the many facets of Cambrensis ran smoothly), founder and Music Director of the Cambrensis Junior Singers (the Cambrats) and Music Director of the Promise of Christmas Youth Choir.
There were no half measures with Anne. She gave total commitment to everything she did, undertaking every task and role with great energy, enthusiasm and her wonderful sense of humour. She was, and remains, an inspiration to so many people, young and old.
Anne wrote and arranged many songs. Several of her songs were written for children, including the much loved, jazzy song ‘The Angels’ Party’based on the Parables of the Lost in Luke 15. She also wrote and produced a number of Christmas musicals which have been used in schools and churches up and down the country and even abroad. However, she was not just a composer of children’s songs: her very moving songs ‘Touched by a Loving Hand’and ‘Who is this Man?’have been sung in many venues across the country.
Anne was a great friend to so many people: she had the ability to nurture, support, counsel and gently coax people into getting involved in her plans. As her husband James said at her funeral, Anne was full of ‘life, love and laughter’.
Underpinning everything Anne did was her love of her Lord and Saviour, whom she served so faithfully over so many years. We all miss her deeply but have the assurance she is with the Lord. Her legacy and influence will ensure that her contribution to the life and ministry of Cambrensis will not be forgotten.
There will be a special tribute concert for Anne at All Nations Centre, Sachville Avenue, Cardiff, on Saturday 26th October. ‘A Life Well Lived’ will involve all the Cambrensis Family, with items from the Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, Cambrats, Brass Quintet and the St David’s Praise Choir. There will also be contributions from Kelvin Thomas and Côr y Dysgwyr Porthcawl, a Welsh Learners’ Choir founded by Anne in 2016. All proceeds from this concert will be donated to Lupus Research and ‘4H’ / Magyar Misszió (Helping HIS Hungarian Heroes), charities chosen by James which were very close to Anne’s heart.