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

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

The ‘boys’ of Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir will have a very special guest when they return to the stage at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, this month.
The celebrated Pontarddulais soprano Adele O’Neill will be joining the choir for their much-awaited ‘annual’ concert at 7pm on Saturday, September 24.
Adele’s passion for singing was inspired by her grandmother’s old records of the opera greats and the beauty and emotion of such voices.
Adele’s singing talent was first spotted in her early years as she enjoyed various singing roles with regional societies before her singing career swept her to London, where she studied and graduated from the acclaimed Guildhall School of Music and Drama London under the tutelage of Professor Laura Sarti, the internationally celebrated Italian mezzo-soprano.
Adele’s exciting singing career has seen her perform with a wealth of choruses, orchestras and artists with countless performances given in both the UK and internationally, spanning France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Canada.
Memorable performances include Eglise Notre Dame Versailles, Bedrich Smetana Concert Hall Prague, Peterborough Cathedral, La Casa de la cultura Andalucia, Gloucester Cathedral, St. David’s Cathedral, Collegiate Concert Hall Budapest and the Krakow’s acclaimed Maritsky Church.
As an award-winning soprano, Adele has won many prestigious awards. These include several prizes at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the esteemed International Gold Medal Singing Competition at the internationally renowned Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Adele was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Montserrat Caballe International singing competition in Zaragoza.
Her charming, warm and embracing performances have brought her numerous operatic and oratorio roles.
Operatic roles are numerous but a favourite sample would include Micaela (Carmen), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Mimi (La Boheme), Antonia (The tales of Hoffman), Leonora (Fidelio), Papagena (Magic Flute), Arabella (Arabella), Contessa (Marriage of Figaro), Filipnevya (Eugene Onegin). Oratorio performances include The Elijah (Mendelssohn), The Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Verdi), Requiem (Mozart), A Child of our Time (Tipett), Gloria (Vivaldi), St John Passion (Bach), Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Mass in time of war (Haydn), Coronation Mass (Mozart), Requiem (Faure), The Armed Man (Jenkins), Nelson Mass (Haydn).
The other special guests joining Côr Meibion Llanelli will be 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.
“We have a great relationship with the boys of Côr Penrhyn,” said Llanelli choir secretary Fred Elias.
“We enjoy working together and, when the two choirs join together in song, it really is a stirring experience not to be missed.”
Tickets can be obtained through the Ffwrnes Theatre box office or through the Theatrau Sir Gar website.
Côr Meibion Llanelli secretary Mr Elias said now was a great time to join the Llanelli choir.
“We are always looking for new members. There is great camaraderie in being part of a big male voice choir. You get the chance to travel and to make friends around the world.
“Anyone interested in joining Côr Meibion Llanelli can come along to our rehearsals at 7pm on Monday and Thursdays at Furnace Community Hall.”
Meanwhile, Llanelli Choral Society members are looking forward to performing at St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire on Saturday, October 15.
The event is being billed as a Journey of World Music.
It wil also feature the Hywel Girls Choir and the Hywel Boy Singers, the Angelicus Choral and Haverfordwest Male Choir.
For your tickets, please call 07545 268841.
On Saturday, 15th October, there’s a special 'Canu o'r Cwm' celebration evening at Pontyberem Memorial Hall.
The events marks 50 years of choral singing in the Gwendraeth Valley with guest artists including Shân Cothi and others as well asCôr Meibion Caerfyrddin, Côr Meibion Dyffryn Aman, Côr Meibion Dyffryn Twyi, Côr Meibion Porth Tywyn and Côr Meibion Llandybie.
Tickets are now on sale for A Night With The Stars, the annual showcase concert of Loud Applause Productions, the popular production company run by Llanelli-based Cerith Owens.
A Night With The Stars takes place on Saturday 12th November at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, 7.00pm start.
This is a Gala Concert featuring the ever popular soprano Shân Cothi, the world famous Morriston Orpheus Choir, the brilliant young violinist Charlie Lovell Jones and an array of very talented vocalists from Loud Applause Rising Stars.
It will be a bilingual evening of first class musical entertainment to suit all tastes - choral, opera, classical musical theatre, jazz.
The host is BBC TV and radio personality Garry Owen and the accompanists for the Rising Stars are Andrew Pike and Rhiannon Williams Hale.
The busy ladies of Côr Curiad are planning Christmas already.
A special Christmas-themed evening at Stradey Castle is already a sell-out.
So, the ladies are staging a second performance on Thursday, December 1.
Côr Curiad, along with accompanist Craig Oldham, will be staging a festive evening of Christmas songs, Carols, Mulled Wine and mince pies set in the beautiful surroundings of Stradey Castle.
Guest performers include Sarah Lewis-Meredith, Steffi Lewis-Meredith and Rhiannon Taylor-Searle.
All proceeds from the event are in aid of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli.

Events calendar
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.
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.

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