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 newspaper -

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.
Tickets are available from members of Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir.
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.
“Members of Côr Meibion Llanelli have performed in Vancouver and we look forward to meeting up with some very old and dear friends.”
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.
Before the Vancouver concert, Côr Meibion Llanelli will be journeying to Rhayader for a concert on Sunday, September 27.
Côr Meibion Llanelli choristers are currently promoting their new CD, just released on the Sain record label and called Angel.
Llanelli concert promoter Cerith Owens is hard at work organising the Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert, which takes place on Saturday, October 17 at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen (7pm start, doors open 6.30pm).
The concert will support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in South West Wales.
It is being billed as, ‘A thrilling and melancholy evening with stirring and evocative music which as always will leave a lasting impression’.
This year’s concert not only raises funds for the Poppy Appeal but also marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the World War Two, remembering the sacrifices of men and women who have served our country so courageously.
Pendyrus Male Choir and soprano Gwawr Edwards will be headlining this year’s Gala with a special guest appearance by ‘Carmarthen Local Hero’ Mark Llewellyn Evans.
Appearing once again by audience demand will be The 215 City of Swansea Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets Corps of Drums with their stirring and exciting sound.
The evening ends with a very poignant‘Tribute to the Fallen’ with a cascade of poppies.
Tickets are available from all Carmathenshire Theatres Box Offices – 0845 226 3510.
In October, there is a treat for lovers of classical music.
Sinfonia Cymru bring an evening of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Haydn and Strauss to Pontyberem on October 16.
The concert takes place at the Pontyberem Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
It will feature -
Strauss Sextet from Capriccio.
Bach Three-part inventions arranged for string trio (excerpts).
Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 No. 6.
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence.
The featured violinist will be Bartosz Woroch.
In this deeply intimate concert, Sinfonia Cymru presents a kaleidoscopic programme of chamber music for strings.
From tenacious verve to heartfelt tragedy, Sinfonia Cymru will explore the full emotional range with one of the most popular works in the chamber repertoire; Tchaikovsky’s intensely expressive Souvenir de Florence.
YCAT violinist and Guest Leader Bartosz Woroch directs Strauss’ elegant string Sextet from the composer’s final opera Capriccio alongside the Sixth in Haydn’s lyrical set of ‘Russian’ quartets and excerpts from Bach’s intricately written Three-part inventions, arranged for string trio.
Tickets: £4-10
On October 24, 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.
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 December 19 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 November 28.

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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