The latest On Song column from the Llanelli Star

The latest On Song column - about the choral scene in and around West Wales - from the Llanelli Star -
One the busiest of the West Wales amateur theatre companies, Curtain Up Theatre Company, will be performing at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday, April 23.
The Curtain Up group has raised more than £40,000 for local charities in recent years.
Saturday sees them raising cash for Diabetes UK.
The show is titled Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber and will feature the works of the award-winning composer.
There’ll be songs from the hit musicals Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more.
It is being billed as a family show not to be missed!
Meanwhile, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir will be doing their bit for a popular local cause on Friday, April 22.
The choristers will be starring at a special evening to raise funds for the Parc Howard Association, the group working tirelessly to improve the park and house and keep it open for the public.
‘Music for The Parc’ will be staged at The Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli, and will be hosted by Carmarthenshire’s popular pantomime entertainer ‘Denny Twp’.
The evening starts at 7pm and will also feature The Phil Harmonics, the rock and pop ladies choir from Llanelli.
There will also be performances from Côr Ysgol Ffwrnes, singer Megan Thomas, a past winner of the Gethin Hughes Memorial Bursary prize, and classicial guitarist Cai Charles, a past winner of the Llanelli Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director Mr D Eifion Thomas said: “Of course, the event is all about raising funds for Parc Howard, a place which is very near and dear to the hearts of so many Carmarthenshire people.
“Along the way, we can promise some great musical entertainment. Côr Meibion Llanelli will serve up some great concert favourities – and even, perhaps, a little bit of Elvis Presley along the way.
“The Phil Harmonics were a huge hit when they performed at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli at Christmas and I expect they will have a repertoire guaranteed to make the evening swing.
“The evening also features some of our very best young, up-and-coming talent.
“And, of course, we have the wonderful Denny Twp as our host, so laughter is guaranteed.”
Tickets are £10. Available at Mossies in Llanelli Market Precinct and from Parc Howard Association members.

Events calendar -
April
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, 23rd April, choir appear with Gwenda and Geinor in a Welsh night at Pontyberem Workingmen’s Club, Pontyberem
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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