'Parti Llwchwr' ladies choir looking for some support from voters for TV final
The ‘Parti Llwchwr’ ladies choir from Loughor will be flying the flag for West Wales in the prestigious televised Côr Cymru (Choir of Wales) competition.
The grand final of the competition takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre next weekend, Sunday, April 19.
It will be screened live on S4C, the Welsh fourth channel, with a public vote for the best choir running side by side with a verdict from the competition judges.
“It’s a very exciting time for us,” said choir member Mari Moscrop.
“We are only a small choir, but we have won our way through the final and we are very proud and delighted at our achievement so far.
“It would be the icing on the cake to win the competition and we are hoping for a massive amount of local support in the public vote.
“We hope everyone gets behind us as the local West Wales choir and casts their vote for us in the final.
“The competition final is live on S4C, so ‘excited’ doesn’t really cover it as far as our feelings go for the competition. We’re very nervous, but we are hoping to do our very best.”
The choir will be under the baton of musical director Janet V Jones.
The Parti Llwchwr choir was formed in 1955 by the late Meira Rees and since those days the choir has enjoyed great success.
A total of 20 choirs (in five different categories) have been competing in the televised finals of the Côr Cymru 2015 competition.
The competition is held every other year, and Heledd Cynwal and Morgan Jones will be the S4C presenters for the final rounds.
Since the launch of the competition in 2003, four choirs have been crowned champions and the event is now one of the highlights in the Welsh competitive singing calendar.
The choirs are divided into five categories: male voice choirs, women's choirs, mixed choirs, youth choirs and children's choirs.
Also, for the first time, primary school choirs will compete in a special one-off programme Côr Cymru Cynradd on the Saturday before the grand final.
The male voice choir finalists are Bechgyn Bro Taf (Cardiff).
The primary school choirs competing on Saturday are - Llangennech Juniors Choir, Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant Choir (Llandeilo), Côr Ysgol y Wern (Llanishen, Cardiff) and Ysgol Iolo Morganwg Choir (Cowbridge).
Two prizes are awarded on the night of the grand final – one prize is awarded by the judges whilst the other is decided through the home viewers' televote.
Elen Rhys, Entertainment Commissioner for S4C said: “The competition has earned its place as one of Wales’ main choral competitions and is proof of the talent, enthusiasm and energy we have in our choirs – whatever their age.”
“Another exciting element this year is the addition of the primary school choirs for the first time – so a real musical feast awaits S4C viewers.”
Photo: Parti Llwchwr ladies choir pictured on the set of Côr Cymru.