The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column about the choral scene in and around Llanelli from the Llanelli Star - 

Llanelli-based concert promoter Cerith Owens is over the moon this week with the response to his St David’s Day concert to be staged at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
“It’s a massive sell-out – and we could have sold many more tickets,” Cerith said today.
“St David’s Day is always a great occasion and there are always many competing events out there around our patron saint’s day. But this concert seems to have captured the public’s imagination and I am delighted with the response.”
Cerith runs Loud Applause Productions and recently put on the successful concert by Blake (the classical Brit award-winning harmony group) at Ffwrnes.
The St David’s Day concert will feature the unique sound and personalities of the very popular The Three Welsh Tenors - Aled Hall, Alun Rhys-Jenkins and Rhys Meirion.
Added to the mix will be the exciting sound of a 130 strong male voice choir made up of choristers from two of Wales’ foremost choirs - Côr Meibion Llanelli (Llanelli Male Choir) and Bridgend Male Choir.
Also sharing the stage will be ladies choir Parti Llwchwr.
The evening will be held together by compere Garry Owen, the popular BBC Radio Cymru radio presenter and S4C and BBC Wales newsreader.
Cerith added: “We will have a wealth of Welsh talent on display for St David’s Day. What better way to celebrate and share our Welshness?
“This will be a bilingual evening and one definitely not to be missed for those who enjoy the very best of Welsh choral tradition.”
Cerith is busy completing a busy schedule of concerts for 2014.
Tickets are now on sale for two Loud Applause charity concerts: May 3 in Llanelli with the renowned Penderys Male Choir and July 9 in Kidwelly with the legendary Trebor Edwards ('Un Dydd ar y Tro').
This year is Côr Meibion Llanelli’s 50th anniversary year.
They are currently looking forward to performing at the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, April 1.
Other events scheduled for the year include a trip to Salzburg in Austria in November.
“It’s a great year to be a member of the choir,” said choir chairman Mr Harries.
“We are always on the look-out for new members. Anyone interested can pop along to one of our weekly rehearsal sessions to meet members and get a feel for what it would be like to be part of our 50th anniversary year.”
Côr Meibion Llanelli rehearsals are at Furnace Community Hall in Llanelli, 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
Burry Port Male Voice Choir will be taking part in a Cymanfa Ganu (community singing event) at 7pm on March 9 at Jerusalem Chapel, Burry Port.
The event will raise funds for the Burry Port National Eisteddfod committee in advance of the 2014 Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod to be held in Llanelli. The event has been organised by the Eisteddfod committee and the choir will help boost the audience numbers.
The Llanelli Choral Society are preparing for an exciting choral and orchestral performance in April when they perform Britten’s Saint Nicholas and classical highlights by the British Sinfonietta Orchestra.
Future performances include participating in the Hywel Choir’s Last Night of the Proms, performing in the Festival of Remembrance at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall and an exciting Autumn performance of Carmina Burana at Y Ffwrnes.

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant – www.rlloydpr.co.uk
If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email rlloydpr@btinternet.com

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