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 -
It’s always refreshing to see youngsters making their mark in the world of song.
This week, it’s time to shine the spotlight on Jordan Williams, who has had a busy few weeks.
He’s performed at engagements at Llanelly House and at the very emotional St David’s Day concert staged in Carmarthen to raise funds for the Cameron Comey and Rescue Teams Fund.
The concert was full of emotion as the search of missing 11-year-old Cameron was continuing at the time.
Jordan performed Tell My Father and Anfonaf Angel – and it’s fair to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Jordan is 17 and lives in Pembrey. He is a pupil at Ysgol Y Strade, Llanelli. He is also part of the growing ‘stable’ of talented youngsters being put together by Loud Applause Productions director Cerith Owens.
Mr Owens has called his youngsters Loud Applause’s Rising Stars.
Jordan has a mellow baritone voice which is remarkable for a man of his age.
Earlier this year he performed as Lurch (the butler) in the acclaimed Carmarthen Youth production of The Addams Family.
To great acclaim last year he played the role of the Phantom in SA15 production of ’Phantom of the Opera’ to packed audiences at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre.
He was a member of ‘Only Boys Aloud’ for three years and performed with them at Buckingham Palace and on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Jordan is currently working towards his Grade 4 Piano and Grade 8 in Musical Theatre Singing.
A recent addition to the Loud Applause Rising Stars stable is Johnny Mansel Lewis, aged 21, from Stradey Castle, Llanelli.
Johnny grew up in Llandeilo is a third year student at Plymouth University studying psychology.
His singing career began with a classical focus, in his lower and upper 6th form at Shrewsbury school where he sang in the choir, featured in a number of concerts, starred as Zidler in the school musical production of ‘West Side Story’ and sang the part of Aeneas in a showcase of the opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’.
Since being at University he has starred in the musical ‘The Wedding Singer’ playing the role of ‘Robbie Hart’ and more recently took the supporting role of ‘Stride’ in the performance of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Both performances were produced by the university’s ‘Musical Theatre Society’. Furthermore he has been the resident singer at the University’s ‘Big Band’ for the past three years, performing with the 30-piece Brass and Woodwind ensemble across the whole south west of England.
After completing his degree, Johnny hopes to study for a Masters in Psychology while embracing any and all musical endeavours available.
TV celebrity and singing star Aled Jones will join forces with Llanelli’s Hywel Choir to thrill local audiences on 11 April at Y Ffwrnes for “Spirit of Song” - an exciting night of music and song.
Aled has strong links with Llanelli, having performed previously at venues including the Selwyn Samuel Centre.
He has also forged strong links with choirs in the town and used Côr Meibion Llanelli (Llanelli Male Voice Choir) on one of his albums.
Also joining the celebrity line-up at Y Ffwrnes for “Spirit of Song” will be acclaimed violin virtuoso Davinder Singh.
Llanelli’s Last Night of the Proms will take place on Saturday 6 June at Y Ffwrnes.
Hosted by the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, the flag-waving night will see the 200+ voices of the massed chorus of the Hywel Choir, the mighty Pontarddulais Male Choir, the Llanelli Choral Society join forces with the internationally acclaimed British Sinfonietta Orchestra, TV celebrity and singer Aled Hall, organist Huw Tregelles Williams, pianist Jean Hywel –and all under the magical baton of John Hywel Williams.
“It’s wonderful to see the young choristers thrive on challenges and enjoy the opportunity of performing with world famous artists, sing at world-class venues and perform with such professionalism for TV and radio broadcasts”, explains founder and conductor John Hywel. “I am incredibly proud of their commitment, their efforts and performances which is a wonderful reflection on the town.”
Veterans from all conflicts will be invited on stage to join the giant cast for a major and poignant choral and orchestral tribute with the young Hywel choristers in full world war two costumes. The night will also feature war movie themes and a range of patriotic music including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Dambusters to name but a few.
Fresh from over 20 TV and radio broadcasts over the Christmas period, the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers are now welcoming new members aged 8 – 16 years. There are no auditions to join the choir except the love of singing and the willingness to learn. To receive an information pack, please contact 07545 26 88 41 or email jeremywilliams@me.com.

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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