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 -

Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir have a busy schedule between now and Christmas.
One of their feature events will be at Llansteffan Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 29 (7pm).
It is a concert in aid of the charity Lao Kids.
The community of Llansteffan work hard to support the charity, which works to bring help to Laos, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Lao-Kids has worked with a number of orphanage schools in the Luang Prabang Province of Laos to improve the health and education of children.
Côr Meibion Llanelli secretary Fred Elias said: “It is a worthy charity which doesn’t always get the publicity it deserves.
“As a choir, we like to do our bit to support charities at home and abroad, so we are delighted to be able to support the Llansteffan community in their fund-raising efforts.”
The concert is being billed as Côr Meibion Llanelli and Friends so there will be extra guests featured during the evening.
Tickets are £8 (£5 concession) and are available from The Village Stores in Llansteffan, Julie Jones, 01267 241708, or Guy Evans, 01267 241045.
Other engagements lined up for Côr Meibion Llanelli are as follows –
Sunday, November 6, concert at Llangyndeyrn.
Monday, November 14, Festival of Light at the St Elli Centre, Llanelli.
Saturday, November 26, concert at Folly Farm (to be confirmed).
Tuesday, December 6, concert at Thomas Arms, Llanelli.
Saturday, December 17, Christmas Concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
Monday, December 19, Carols at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, in Burry Port, the town is getting ready for the annual production by Burry Port Opera.
This year, the featured opera is Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens.
It will be performed at Burry Port Memorial Hall on Wednesday, October 19, Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22.
The characters and cast include –
Delilah, Lauren Easton; Samson, Philip O'Brien; High Priest, Michael Dewis; Abimelech, Gareth Long; Hebrew Elder, Paul Morgan.
The opera will, of course, feature the Burry Port Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Leader Mansel Hughes.
The producer is Keith J Clarke and the conductor is Ryan Lee.
The opera centres on the Biblical story of the Israeli hero Samson and the sensationally beautiful Delilah.
In other news, 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 will 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 as Côr 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.

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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