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 at the end of the 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.”
Carmarthenshire concert promoter Cerith Owens has announced details of two major autumn concerts – one in Llanelli and one in Carmarthen.
‘A Night with the Stars’ has now become a very popular annual fixture in the concert calendar and is an opportunity to see existing stars performing alongside some potential stars of the future.
It takes place at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday, November 12.
The Loud Applause Productions concert features the much-loved Welsh singer Shân Cothi and the ever-popular Morriston Orpheus Choir.
The evening will also feature violinist Charlie Lovell Jones and members of the Loud Applause Rising Stars team.
Tickets are available from all Carmarthenshire Theatres Box Offices – 0845 226 3510
The other Loud Applause autumn concert is in Carmarthen on October 1 and is the annual Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert.
Mr Owens said: “This is always a very emotional evening and we have been very lucky this year to secure the services of two of Carmarthen’s finest sons.
“Wynne Evans and Mark Llewellyn Evans have both agreed to be the star names at the British Legion fund-raiser.
“The brothers don’t perform on the same concert stage very often so this represents a wonderful opportunity for the people of Carmarthen to see them both in action. It promises to be a very

Events calendar –
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.
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.
Saturday 15th October: Mynydd Mawr Choir and Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi concert in Pontyberem Hall.
October 15, “Great Choral Voices”, Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale Llanelli Choral Society and guest choirs, St. David’s Cathedral, to be confirmed.
Llanelli's annual Festival of Light event in aid of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, 6pm Monday 14th November @StElliCentre
December 3, “The Great Christmas Fantasia”, Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Llanelli Choral Society, Dunvant Male Choir, British Sinfonietta Orchesta, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), Ffwrnes.
December 17, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir, Christmas Concert at Ffwrnes (7pm) with special guests The Phil Harmonics.
December 17, “The Miracle of Christmas”, Llanelli Choral Society, Angelicus Chorale, British Sinfonietta Orchestra, Huw Tregelles Williams (organ), guest soloists, St. Elli Parish Church, Llanelli.

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