The latest 'On Song' column from the Llanelli Star and Carmarthen Journal

The latest 'On Song' column (about the choral scene in and around Llanelli) from the Llanelli Star and the Carmarthen Journal -

Members of Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi are getting ready for their prestigious annual concert.
It will be staged at the Gwenllian Centre in Kidwelly on July 9.
Guest artists will include –Y Trio Cymraeg, Annette Bryn Parry, Joy Cornock and Dawnswyr Talog.
Trio are from the heart of Snowdonia and feature the voices of Bedwyr Gwyn Parri (baritone), Emyr Wyn Gibson (tenor) and Steffan Lloyd Owen (bass-baritone).
Trio’s roots are deep in a culture of music and song, a culture where singing is the natural mode of enjoyment, and where singing in harmony is second nature.
Joy Cornock is known as both a singer and a harpist.
She is a native of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire.
Joy’s interest in music began at an early age. After receiving an entrance scholarship in 2004, she entered the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she completed her B.Mus. (Hons) degree and graduated with First Class Honours.
During her time at College, Joy was awarded the Mabel Linwood Christopher Award, the Lyn Davies vocal studies prize and the Aneurin Davies Memorial Award.
Her debut performance at the Wales Millenium Centre was for the Wales YFC 60th Anniversary Gala Concert in November, 2005.
A performer with the Welsh National Youth Opera, Joy took numerous operatic roles at college – Rowan in Britten’s The Little Sweep, Oasis in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Irma in Charpentier’s Louise.
Other College Performances included: Villa Lobos ‘Bachianas Brasileiras No.5’ in Oystermouth Church; Madly Musical; as well as regularly taking part in masterclasses with James Gilchrist, Paul Esswood, Julie Kennard, Roger Nicholls and Colette McGahon.
From an early age Joy has competed in and won many County, Urdd and National Eisteddfodau both in solo, folk solo and duet classes. Her most prestigious award being that she won the Violet Mary Roberts Scholarship at the 2006 and 2007 National Eisteddfod for the best soprano aged 19-25 years, also achieving runner-up in the Blue Ribband Competition.
In 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2011 Joy won the ‘Cwpan Ardudwy’ at the Young Farmers National Eisteddfod for the best musical item.
Now a regular soloist in recitals and concerts around the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Ireland. Joy has performed alongside the Morriston Orpheus, Dunvant, Llanelli, Morriston RFC, Haverfordwest and Pembroke Male Voice Choirs, Latvia Radio Choir, Fishguard Choir as well as the Ammanford Choral Society.

Future events -
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 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.
July (to be confirmed) Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers Album Recording.
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 at the St Elli Shopping Centre, Llanelli.
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.

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant –
If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email 


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