Ty Hafan charity concert a hit for Loud Applause productions
Ty Hafan Youth Gala Concert at Grand Theatre, Swansea, featuring, Only (West) Boys Aloud, Ariosa Singers, Hywel Girls' Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Daniella Difede and Samuel Morris. Compere: Kevin Johns MBE.
It was only right and proper that the spotlight was very much on youth in this dazzling charity fund-raiser staged at the Grand Theatre, Swansea.
The average age of the artistes was somewhere in the lower teens, showing that West is Best when it comes to up-and-coming talent.
The evening showcased the talents of Only (West) Boys Aloud, the Ariosa Singers and the Hywel Girls' Choir and Hywel Boy Singers.
It also gave a great Grand Theatre opportunity to two rising stars from Llanelli, 18-year-old Ysgol y Strade pupil Samuel Morris and 16-year-old Coedcae student Daniella Difede.
Samuel displays a maturity beyond his years in his handling of some great musical theatre show-stoppers.
This time around, it was Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables, and Buo Doi, from Miss Saigon.
Daniella made sure that 'girl power' was well represented with On My Own from 'Les Mis' and I'm Not Afraid Of Anything from Songs From A New World.
The scene had been set from curtain-up by the western division of Only Boys Aloud. Their set for the night included Sospan Fach, Gwahoddiad, Anfonaf Angel, Anthem from Chess, You Raise Me Up and Never Forget.
The Swansea-based Ariosa Singers served up The Rose, a medley from Godspell, God Shall Wipe Away All Tears from Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man, The Holy City, What Would I Do Without My Music and Don't Stop Believing.
The Llanelli-based Hywel Girls' Choir and the Hywel Boy Singers have a reputation which goes before them as globe-trotting junior ambassadors of song for Wales.
Their programme included Puccini's Mia Babbino Caro, Mascagni's Easter Hymn, highlights from 'Les Mis', the Rhythm of Life, Panis Angelicus, the Tritsch Tratsch Polka and Love Changes Everything.
A finale, featuring all the choristers and guest artistes, was brought to rousing conclusion with Calon Lan.
It was a concert guaranteed to tug at the heart-strings - and, hopefully, the purse-strings in the audience as well as the proceeds went to Ty Hafan, the leading charity in Wales dedicated to the care and support of life-limited children and their families.
Kevin Jones MBE was a wonderful host for the evening - as we have come to expect from this marvellous man of Swansea.
The evening was organised by Llanelli-based concert promoter and impresario Cerith Owens and his Loud Applause Productions company.