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 -

Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi (Vale of Towy Male Voice Choir) will be performing at Pontyberem Workingmen’s Club on Saturday, September 12.
It’s a busy time for the Llandyfaelog-based choir as they are recording a new CD during their busy autumn schedule.
The choristers are led by Musical Director Mrs Davinia Harries Davies, with accompanist Maureen Chapman on keyboards.
Current concert engagements include –
Sat 12th September, Pontyberem Workingmen’s Club.
Sat Oct 3rd, Concert with Bois Bara Brith ( Sir Fôn, Anglesey) and Catrin Jones, Llandyfaelog. Tickets £6 from 01269 860996.
Sat Oct 10th, CD Recording, Llandyfaelog.
Sat Oct 17th, Eisteddfod Bancffosfelen.
Wed 21st Oct – Sun 25th Oct, Irish Tour.
Thurs 29th Oct, Ferryside Hall.
Sat 7th Nov, Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly.
Sat 14th Nov 40th, Celebration Dinner, Baltic Ponthenri.
Tues 8th Dec, Red Lion, Llandyfaelog.
Anyone interested in joining Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, can contact choir secretary Derrick Rowlands on email on or fill out the contact form on the website
Further to his recent lifetime achievement award in Carmarthenshire for his services to music and Wales, John Hywel Williams and the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers are busy preparing for forthcoming performances.
With their Christmas performances already a sell-out, there has been mounting public pressure from fans and followers for additional opportunities to hear the choir.
As a result, the Hywel Choir have announced an additional concert date for local audiences.
On 24 October, the Hywel Choir will present The Magical Journey of Music at St Elli Parish Church. The candle lit experience will see the Hywel Choir and friends take audiences on a magical journey of song, theatre and narration. Highlights will include a fun adaptation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a bucket banging rendition of Annie, the passion and emotion of West Side Story and Les Miserables as well as cherished classics, favourites from the world of opera and heart-warming sacred sentiments.
An emergency waiting-list for tickets has been put into place for the choir’s sell-out Great Christmas Fantasia on 19 December at Y Ffwrnes which will see the Hywel Choir present their landmark Christmas musical extravaganza.
This year sees the Hywel Choir unite with their resident orchestra the symphonic sounds of the British Sinfonietta Orchestra, soprano Gwawr Edwards, the Llanelli Choral Society and a historic performance by the Grand Reunion Chorus of the Hywel Choir. Eurovision Song Contest Winners Brotherhood of Man will also be returning to Wales to join fellow past-Hywel Choir choristers for this magical night.
Completing a busy weekend, the Hywel Choir will be performing at the Brangwyn Hall Swansea on Sunday 20 December.
The Grand Reunion Chorus of the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will enjoy a glittering post-performance Supper Ball at Machynys Golf Club on 19 December after their inaugural performance at the Great Christmas Fantasia.
The Llanelli Choral Society are preparing for their musical re-enactment of the Nativity at the heart of the town with massed choirs, orchestra, narration and theatre. The Miracle of Christmas, the first of its kind for the town, will see the Llanelli Choral Society unite with the British Sinfonietta, Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, The Angelicus Chorus of the Hywel Choir, soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn and other artists in the candle lit surroundings of St Elli Parish Church, Llanelli on 28 November.
The immersive retelling of the Nativity will enjoy a musical backdrop of music from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Albinoni’s Adagio for Organ and Strings, O Holy Night and international carols blended with narratives of the Nativity and full costume biblical characters re-enacting the spiritual event.
2016 Llanelli concert dates have been announced for the Hywel Choir and Llanelli Choral Society which include: 16 April Stars and Song - celebrity concert (Y Ffwrnes), 7 May - a Night of the Classics (St Elli Parish Church), 4 June - The Last Night of the Proms (Y Ffwrnes), 9 July - A Night of World Opera (St. Elli Parish Church), 15 October - An Evening with the Hywel Choir (St Elli Parish Church), 3 December - The Great Christmas Fantasia (Y Ffwrnes), 17 December - The Miracle of Christmas (St. Elli Parish Church).
For information, tickets or membership details for the Hywel Choir, The Reunion Chorus or the Llanelli Choral Society, please contact Jeremy Hywel on 07545 26 88 41.
Côr Meibion Llanelli’s concert with the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice Choir from Canada will take place at Tabernacle Chapel, Llanelli, on Tuesday, September 29.
The Canadian choir’s Artistic Director is Liana Savard and the accompanist is Barry Yamanouchi.
The Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir is part of Vancouver’s thriving community choir scene.
Formed in 1992 for men of all ages who enjoy singing, the choir focuses on popular songs from many times and lands, including Broadway showtunes, spirituals, sea shanties, and rousing male voice classics.
The Orpheus Choir's Fourth CD is called Coming Home and features 16 songs from the current concert repertoire.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas said: “We are old friends with the choir from Vancouver and we look forward to welcoming them to Wales. They are on a seven-date tour of Wales so the Llanelli concert represents a great chance to listen to our choral colleagues from Canada.”

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant –
If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email


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