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 - 

There’s a chance to hear two of our wonderful male voice choirs at a special ‘Cydweli 900’ concert being staged in Kidwelly next month.
The Cydweli 900 events are dedicated to celebrating the history of Kidwelly Town.
Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir will join forces with Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi (Vale of Towy Male Voice Choir) for the concert at the Princess Gwenllian centre, Kidwelly, on Saturday, November 7 (7.30pm).
The choirs will be sharing the bill with the popular Welsh language mother-and-daughter act ‘Gwenda a Geinor’, soloist Catrin Jones and celebrated wit and raconteur David Vaughan.
The host for the evening will be Dai Jones (Llanilar), of S4C Cefn Gwlad fame.
Tickets are £10 and are available from the Kidwelly Council offices (mornings only), members of Cefn Sidan Rotary Club or from 01554 891176 or 01554 890436.
The event is being sponsored by Gravells Garage and Cefn Sidan Rotary Club.
Meanwhile, Côr Meibion Llanelli members are looking forward to a pre-Christmas trip to North Wales.
The choir will be performing at the brand new Bryn Terfel Theatre at the ‘Pontio’ in Bangor on Saturday, December 5.
The Llanelli choristers will be the special guests of the celebrated Côr Y Penrhyn from Bethesda.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Eifion Thomas said: “This trip to the stunning new Pontio theatre has been on the cards for some months. The Bryn Terfel Theatre promises to be one of the most prestigious concert venues in the north.
“We are great friends with Côr Y Penrhyn and look forward to what should be a great musical treat in the run-up to Christmas.
“We will be one of the first big events to be staged at the Pontio, a venue which is only opening its doors this month.”
Llanelli concert promoter Cerith Owens is hard at work finalising arrangements for 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.
There is a treat for lovers of classical music coming up in Pontyberem on Friday.
Sinfonia Cymru bring an evening of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Haydn and Strauss to the village 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.
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 are available online at -
Angelicus – a new boutique chorale under the baton of legendary Welsh conductor John Hywel Williams – will soon be adding a prestigious performance at 10 Downing Street London to its achievements in early November.
The chorale will give their public debut on Saturday 24th October when they give local audiences an exciting musical insight when they perform at The Magical Journey of Music at St. Elli Parish Church, Llanelli hosted by the acclaimed Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers.
Angelicus comprises of local choristers aged from 11 to 17 years all of whom are choristers with Llanelli’s famous Hywel Girls' Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and have performed at world-class venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall, performed for Royalty and with celebrities such as Katherine Jenkins, Lesley Garrett, Aled Jones, Cerys Mathews, Alfie Boe and enjoyed more than 25 television and radio broadcasts in the last 12 months alone.
Local choristers include Denise Agudilla, Sophie Beake, Holly Fry, Camille Lagman, Rebecca Lewis, Megan Lewis, Alexandra Morgan, Catherine Phillips, Ammanys Robinson, Llio Robinson, Cari Samuel, Hannah Seward, Mercedes Simister, Nikkila Thomas, Carys Watkins, Lauren Williams and Abbie Williams.
Their debut performance will include a hauntingly beautiful sacred Gregorian chant by Benjamin Britten, Bach-Gounod’s inspiring Ave Maria and a heart charging rendition of the ever popular Jerusalem.
Chorale Director Jeremy Hywel said, “It’s always exciting to give young people exciting and life changing opportunities whether that is with television and radio broadcasts or performing at world famous venues.”
Future experiences and performances for the Angelicus choristers will include plans for a studio recording before Christmas and performance in the magnificent setting of St. David’s Cathedral.
The Magical Journey of Music will be held on Saturday 24 October and will also feature a mammoth programme by the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, fun organ recitals by Huw Tregelles Williams and a journey across Broadway by soprano and actress Elizabeth Bevan. Tickets £10 and available from 01269 841658.

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant –
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