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 - 

July promises to be a bumper month for concerts in and around Llanelli.
Côr Meibion Llanelli (Llanelli Male Voice Choir) will be holding a special concert with The Three Welsh Tenors at the Selwyn Samuel Centre on Sunday, July 12.
Saturday July 11 sees the visit of the prestigious Swansea Bach Choir to Llanelli Parish Church.
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a concert on Saturday, July 18, at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly (7pm).
And Lleisiau Hardd choir from Llanelli will be celebrating 10 years as a choir with a concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday, July 18.
Four concerts spread over two weekends will create something of a festival atmosphere in and around Llanelli.
Who knows? Perhaps this busy July spell may prompt local choirs and theatre groups to revive the old Gŵyl Llanelli Festival which operated in the 1970s and 1980s in Llanelli?
The Gŵyl Llanelli Festival enjoyed the backing of the Llanelli Star newspaper, with a sponsored Musician of the Year competition being one of the highlights.
The Côr Meibion Llanelli concert will take place on a Sunday to avoid a direct clash with the The Swansea Bach Choir.
There will be a warm welcome for The Three Welsh Tenors, Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Aled Wyn Davies - three distinct and unique voices which complement each other perfectly.
Tickets for the event will go on sale this week.
The choristers of Cor Meibion Dyffryn Tywi have an excellent line-up for their 40th anniversary concert on Saturday, July 18, at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly.
The choir’s guests include celebrated Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion, mezzo-soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies and a folk group from Karelia.
The evening will be hosted by the popular BBC Cymru and Radio Cymru presenter Garry Owen. The evening is sponsored by Kidwelly's Gravells garage.
Tickets are £10 and available by ringing -01269 860996 or 01554 890956.
Website - http://www.cormeibiondyffryntywi.co.uk/
Lleisiau Hardd choir from Llanelli will be celebrating 10 years as a choir with their special concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday, July 18.
Over the course of 10 years, the choir has grown in stature, reputation, and gained recognition on many fronts.
Over the past years, concerts have attracted sell out audiences, with some star guest appearances. The choir is under the musical direction of Bridget Radford.
The Swansea Bach Choir concert at the Parish Church on Saturday, July 11, is being organised by Llanelli-based promoter Cerith Owens, of Loud Applause Productions.
There will be special tickets on offer to allow some concert-goers to have pre-concert refreshements at Llanelly House.
The Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and founder John Hywel Williams are enjoying a busy month.
Having enjoyed performances and rave reviews with TV celebrity Aled Jones and also performing in Bristol in recent week, the Hywel Choir can next be heard at the town’s Victory in Europe Commemorative Performance with the Llanelli Choral Society and soprano Gwawr Edwards – all under the baton of John Hywel Williams which will be held on Saturday 9th May at St. Eli Parish Church, Llanelli.
The Hywel Choir’s summer annual blockbuster performance “Last Night of the Proms” on 6 June at Y Ffwrnes is quickly heading to another sell-out.
This year’s Proms promises to be one of the biggest to date with 275 singers and musicians featuring a giant chorus of the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, the mighty Pontarddulais Male Choir, Llanelli Choral Society with the symphonic sounds of the acclaimed British Sinfonietta Orchestra, TV tenor Aled Hall, organist Huw Tregelles Williams – all under the direction of John Hywel Williams.
Highlights from this year's Proms will include some major and exciting works including Star Wars Theme, the Theme from E.T., 1812 Overture, Dambusters March, Sabre Dance, Radetsky March, Pomp & Circumstance, Sound of Music, Les Miserables, The Great Escape and great choruses from Opera. The night will also include a poignant tribute to the veterans of WW2 with a 70th Anniversary Tribute to VE Day. For remaining tickets, contact 01269 841658.
The Llanelli Choral Society is proud to present the town’s Victory in Europe Commemorative Performance and Military Tribute. The special and memorable event will take place Saturday 9th May at the spiritual heart of the town at St. Elli’s Parish Church.
"Victory in Europe" will feature the Llanelli Choral Society, guest choir Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, acclaimed Welsh soprano Gwawr Edwards, military representatives, orchestral percussionists, patriotic and moving music and poignant readings by narrator Jeremy Hywel.

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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