The latest 'On Song' column 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 -

There’s an exciting weekend coming up for Aled Lloyd Rees, the tenor/baritone from Gorslas.
He’s playing Lord Llewellyn in ‘I Merlin’, the musical which will be performed at the Weston Theatre at the prestigious Wales Millennium Centre.
Aled has performed in a variety of concerts and musicals in and around Wales and is well known in Carmarthenshire.
Previous performances include “Joey” in Sister Act the Musical, Swansea Grand Theatre; “Dame Maude” in Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Redhouse Theatre in Merthyr Tydfil; chorus member with the UK tour of Godspell and solo performer with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra at the Lyric, Carmarthen.
Last year, Aled was successful in gaining a position with the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.
As well as musical theatre productions, Aled also performs with Swansea-based Pirate Jenny’s Cabaret.
You can follow the 29-year-old singer’s career on Twitter on @Aled_Lloyd_Rees.
The musical ‘I Merlin And The Lady Of Flowers’ by Katherine Cole and Jane King is an adaptation of Blodeuwedd’s story from the Mabinogion.
A lady of flowers is created by Gwydion especially for Llew Llaw Gyffes as he is unable to marry a human being due to the curse set on him by his mother Arianrhod. It is a classic retelling of a classical Celtic myth expressed beautifully through 21st century music.
Love,lust, owls and eagles illustrate the story, with Merlin himself as the wise narrator, all expressed in soaring song and original words.
The cast consists of the many amateur actors from across South Wales. Merlin is played by Dan Lambert – recently seen on BBC4 with Rod Gilbert and Midge Ure in The UK’s Best Part-Time Band.
“We have a great show and a great cast,” says director Ieuan Rhys - best known for his acting roles in Pobol Y Cwm, Gwaith Cartref, Doctor Who and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill.
Three shows will be performed at The Weston Studio - Saturday July 9th and twice on Sunday July 10th. Tickets are available from the Box Office – 02920 636464
Coming up at Ffwrnes Theatre next week the Schools Edition of Les Miserables will be performed by The Performance Factory from July 13 to July 17.
It is The Performance Factory’s 10th anniversary. The show is set on a revolving stage and with costumes from the West End production.
Meanwhile, 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.
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
July
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.
October
Saturday 15th October: Mynydd Mawr Choir and Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi concert in Pontyberem Hall.
November
Llanelli's annual Festival of Light event in aid of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, 6pm Monday 14th November at the St Elli Shopping Centre.
December
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 – 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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