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 -

Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir members are looking forward to a trip to Ireland next month.
The choristers are planning a short tour to Mayo and Galway in Ireland.
“One of the joys of being a member of Côr Meibion Llanelli is getting the chance to tour abroad,” said choir secretary Fred Elias.
“Down the years, we’ve covered the globe. We’ve been to Australia and New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and a whole host of countries in Europe.
“Côr Meibion Llanelli members are highly regarded as being ‘ambassadors of song’.
“Our former president, D H Davies, always used to say that if countries sent out choirs rather than armies, then there would be more peace in the world.”
Mr Elias added: “In recent years, we have been to Austria and The Netherlands. The boys do like the odd half pint of Guinness so it seemed appropriate to go on a mission to Ireland in 2016.
“There is a major international music festival in County Mayo and we are planning our visit around that event. The plan is to sing at two different venues on the trip, allowing plenty of time for sight-seeing and cultural excursions.”
Choir vice-chairman Tony Crossman said: “Côr Meibion Llanelli is famous the world over and now is a great time to join the choir.
“The camaraderie of being part of a male voice choir is very special – and it is proven by medical research that there are health benefits to singing and being part of a male voice choir.
“So, I would encourage anyone out there who is interested to come along to one of our rehearsals to see what we are all about. Rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm at Furnace Community Hall, Llanelli.”
Mr Crossman added: “We are also keen to bolster the ranks of our choir vice-presidents and anyone who wants to become a VP can do so for just £25, or £40 for a couple.”
Choral events for this month and coming months include –
March
March 31 Swansea City Opera bring their production of La Bohème to Ffwrnes
April
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi Sat 9th April Fishguard Lions Club
Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers present ‘Encore’, April 16, “An Evening with Lesley Garrett”. Lesley Garrett, Gary Griffiths, Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Hywel Reunion Chorus, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), Jane Jewell (piano), Gareth Hamlin (percussion), John Hywel Williams (conductor), Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
April 22, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir concert at The Diplomat Hotel, Llaneli, in aid of Parc Howard (7pm).
Curtain Up Theatre Company present Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Ffwrnes, Theatre, on April 23.
May
On 7th May in the candlelit surroundings of St Elli Parish Church, conductor John Hywel Williams will present “A Night of World Opera” with the British Sonfonietta Orchestra, Llanelli Choral Society, Angelicus Chorale, soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn, tenor Joshua Owen Mills where audiences will be delighted by a collection of the world’s favourite opera choruses and arias including Aida’s Grand March, Nessun Dorma, Pearlfishers Duet, O Mio Babbino Caro, Anvil Chorus.
May 8, “A Night of World Opera”. Llanelli Choral Society, Angelicus Chorale, British Sinfonietta Orchestra, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), guest soloists, St. Elli Parish Church, Llanelli.
Côr Curiad’s choristers will be welcoming Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro to Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are selling fast with proceeds from the event going towards one of Llanelli’s most popular charitable causes, the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice adjacent to Prince Philip Hospital.
On 14th May, the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and Angelicus Chorale will give an exclusive performance at St. Mary’s Church, Kidwelly as part of the Mayor’s Charity Ball Performance.
May 26-31, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir tour to County Mayo in Ireland.
June
June 4, “Last Night of the Proms”. Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Llanelli Choral Society, Dunvant Male Choir, British Sinfonietta, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), Gwawr Edwards (soprano), Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
July
July 9, “A Night of the Classics” Community Recital. Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Musicians and singers from Hywel Academy of Music, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), Jane Jewell (piano), Gareth Hamlin (percussion), John Hywel Williams (conductor), St. Elli Parish Church, Llanelli.
Saturday 9th July: Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, annual concert, Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly.

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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