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 -

Award-winning choristers from Germany are eagerly looking forward to their debut performance at Ffwrnes theatre in Llanelli on Saturday night (June 7).
The German choir Singverein 1870 Laudenbach will be joining Côr Meibion Llanelli for a special joint concert.
Choir spokesman Gerhard Marsching said the German choristers were looking forward to their trip to Llanelli, with the singers combining the concert trip with a tour of Wales and Cornwall.
He added: “The two choirs are old friends and we are looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new friends with concertgoers who will be hearing us for the first time.”
Three sections of the Laudenbach choir will be featured in the concert – male, female and junior choirs.
The choir will be under the baton of Otto Lamade.
The choir's repertoire consists largely of German songs, drawn from classical choral pieces, from operas and modern composers.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas said: “It promises to be a dazzling occasion, marrying the best choral traditions of Germany and Wales.”
“We are old friends with Singverein 1870 Laudenbach and we are looking forward to their visit and giving them a grand Welsh welcome.”
Singverein actually means 'singing club' in German.
The 1870 recognises the fact that the Laudenbach choir was formed in that year.
Mr Thomas added: “This is a real one-off treat for the people of Llanelli, but they need to hurry to get tickets as the theatre is filling up fast with just a few seats left in the circle at the start of this week.”
Burry Port Male Choir will be staging a special concert at the Memorial Hall on Friday, June 13, as part of the fund-raising campaign for the Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod.
The special guests will be Côr Meibion Mynydd Mawr (Male Choir), who wll be joined on stage by Robert Jenkins, tenor, and Gwyn Morris, baritone. Tickets are £5 and the evening starts at 7pm.
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.
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.
Also 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.

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