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

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

It promises to be a night to remember for the historic town of Kidwelly.
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 Saturday, July 9.
Guest artists will include –Y Trio Cymraeg, Annette Bryn Parry, Joy Cornock and Dawnswyr Talog.
Y Trio Cymraeg 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).
The 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.
Soloist 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.
Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi are a Llangdyfaelog-based choir – they rehearse at the Red Lion pub.
Choir secretary, Derrick Rowlands, said: “We are a very busy choir, but we have been looking forward to this special evening of entertainment for some time now. We have some great guest artistes lined up and we are hoping for a full house at the Gwenllian Centre.”
Anyone interested in joining Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, can contact Mr Rowlands on email on or fill out the contact form on the website
Before the Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi concert, the lovely ladies of Côr Lleisiau’r Cwm will be hosting a special anniversary concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday, July 2.
The concert will feature Welsh singing star Sophie Evans. Sophie is well known for her role as Dorothy in the West End Production of The Wizard of Oz. She has gone on to broaden her career with regular TV and radio appearances.
Côr Lleisiau’r Cwm will, of course, be under the baton of dynamic musical director Catrin Hughes.
Also starring in the concert will be Cadi Lois, Gruff Sion Rees, A Cappella, Gildas, Sara Mair and Carys Haf and Samuel Morris.
Co-presenters for what promises to be a memorable evening are Matt Johnson and Steffan Powell.
Also coming up at Ffwrnes will be a Summer Musical Extravaganza featuring Ysgol Bryn Teg on June 29 and 30.
The show is being billed as a vibrant musical event suitable for the whole family.
Looking further ahead, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir will be staging their annual concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, at 7pm on Saturday, September 24.
The choir’s special guests will be Penrhyn Male Choir (Penrhyn Male Choir) from North Wales.
The two choirs are ‘old friends’. Côr Meibion Llanelli performed with Côr Penrhyn at one of the first events to be staged at the new Bryn Terfel Theatre at The Pontio arts centre in Bangor earlier this year.
Côr Penrhyn are paying back the favour by journeying south for the Côr Meibion Llanelli concert.

Events calendar
Saturday 9th July: Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi, annual concert, Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly.
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.
Saturday 15th October: Mynydd Mawr Choir and Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi concert in Pontyberem Hall.
Llanelli's annual Festival of Light event in aid of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, 6pm Monday 14th November at the St Elli Shopping Centre.
December 17, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir, Christmas Concert at Ffwrnes (7pm) with special guests The Phil Harmonics.

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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