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 -

Burry Port Male Voice Choir have released details of their 2014 diary of events.
The choir’s next event is a concert at Greenfield Chapel in Llanelli on Friday, May 23 to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. Susan James will be the guest soloist.
Choir secretary Ian Rees said: “The 2014 diary if filling up fast with a wide variety of events. We are always on the look-out for new members and anyone interested can email me for details on - ReesIW@cardiff.ac.uk
Other 2014 events –
  • Friday, June 13, concert at the Memorial Hall in Burry Port to raise money for the Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod.
  • To be confirmed in July, Gymanfa Ganu in Moriah, Loughor.
  • Saturday, October 4, annual concert to be held at the Memorial Hall in Burry Port.
  • Saturday, October 18, Royal British Legion Gala Concert, Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen.
Choir rehearsals take place every Monday and Thursday nights (except Bank Holidays and the month of August) between 7.00pm and 8.45pm at the Burry Port Memorial Hall.
You can find out more about the choir on their website –
http://www.burryportmalechoir.co.uk/
On Saturday, July 12 Lleisiau’r Hardd will be holding their annual concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
The programme will include a wide range of music from classical to Welsh songs and contemporary songs plus newly commissioned pieces.
Joining this choir will be local artists Greg Arthur and jazz singer and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama singer Megan Thomas, the winner of the 2013 Gethin Hughes Memorial Bursary prize.
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi (Vale of Towy Male Voice Choir) are gearing-up for their annual concert to be held on June 28 at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly, with guest artists soprano Catrin Aur and the Welsh Choir of the Year 2013 Cor Y Wiber.
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi engagements include - 12th July, Hillingdon, London. 4th August, Eisteddfod Sir Gar, Llanelli. 18th October, Lyric Theatre Carmarthen.
Anyone interested in joining Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, can contact Mr Rowlands on email on onnen@hotmail.com or fill out the contact form on the website -www.cormeibiondyffryntywi.co.uk
Llanelli ladies choir Côr Curiad will be performing at a Gala Concert being organised by the Llanelli Masonic Festival Committee at Ffwrnes Theatre on Saturday, July 19.
The evening will be compered by the hilarious TV comedian Owen Money and will also feature the award winning Burry Port Town Brass Band and the renowned National Eisteddfod winning soloist tenor Richard Allen.
Côr Curiad will be singing at the Stradey Park Hotel tonight (Wednesday, May 21) for a special invited audience.
On July 19, over in Kidwelly, there will be a Trebor Edwards Gala Concert staged by Loud Applause Productions. The concert is being held at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly, with Theatrau Sir Gar selling tickets on behalf of Loud Applause Productions.
Well known for his rendition of ‘Un Dydd ar y Tro’,Trebor Edwards is one of Wales’s famous lyrical tenors. Surprisingly, he has not performed in the area for a number of years.
Trebor will be joined by the Kidwelly Festival Choir under the baton of Andrew J. Pike and ladies choir Parti Llwchwr and soloist Keely Morgan.
The concert is in aid of Ty Cymorth Hospice at Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen.
Côr Meibion Llanelli members are busy planning a special 50th Anniversary Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Stradey Park Hotel on Saturday, October 18.
“It promises to be a wonderful celebration of the choir’s great 50-year history,” said choir chairman Mr Harries.
“We will be having special VIP guest speakers (due to be announced later in the year) and there will be a wonderful opportunity for choir members past and present to get together with friends of the choir to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”
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 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.

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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