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 rare treat in store at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Sunday, March 20 when the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia roll into town.
This is an opportunity to experience one of Europe’s most accomplished male choirs.
The chorus, with its highly professional musical standards and busy touring traditions, performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from classical masterpieces to the classics of easy listening, marching, college songs and Estonian music.
Before that, on March 17, British pianist Robin Covill presents ‘Bach to Gershwin at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
This is a welcome return visit from the highly acclaimed British pianist, whose concert programme features a collection of famous piano works by major composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Sibelius and Gershwin.
Robin is both a virtuoso pianist and an accomplished raconteur and his introductions give a wonderful insight into the world of classical music and musicians.
Sinfonia Cymru bring an evening of Stravinsky, Beethoven and Mozart to Pontyberem on Friday, March 18. The concert takes place at the Pontyberem Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
The featured violinist will be Benjamin Baker.
The evening will feature a lively and exhilarating programme of classical music.
Stravinsky’s Danses Concertantes was originally written for the concert stage in 1942 and has also been choreographed and performed as a one-act ballet. The piece is a great example of the composer’s invigorating style.
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, written in 1806, is the composer’s only violin concerto. It is a bright and lyrical piece and has become one of the most popular works for violin.
Symphony No. 41 in C ‘Jupiter’ was Mozart’s last symphony, written in 1788. It is a work of richness and splendour, often viewed as his greatest symphony.
This is a very special year for Sinfonia Cymru as it marks the orchestra’s 20th birthday.
Other upcoming events 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.
September
Date to be confirmed, Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi St Anne’s Cwmffrwd
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi Thursday 29th Sept – Sunday 2nd October North Wales Tour.
September 24, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir annual concert at Ffwrnes (7pm) with special guests Côr Penrhyn from North Wales.

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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