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

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

Get out the big red pen and make a date in your diary for Saturday, February 4, 2017.
There’s a musical spectacular being staged at the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli.
The concert is being organised by the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, Councillor Eryl Morgan, to support his chosen charities for his year of office.
Councillor Morgan is raising cash for the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli and for a new MRI scanner for Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli.
Top of the bill will be the sensational Valli Boys, South Wales based performers who specialise in the ‘Jersey Boys’ catalogue made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
The Valli Boys are made up of four very talented West End performers.
The Valli Boys members have appeared in musicals such as Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Lord Of The Rings, Merrily We Roll Along, Starlight Express, Miss Saigon and, of course, Jersey Boys.
Ben Evans, the founding member of the group, set up the Valli Boys after understudying and playing the role of Frankie Valli in the West End production of Jersey Boys for five years.
The Valli Boys will take you on a musical journey through major hits from the Jersey Boys, including ‘Sherry’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Stay’, ‘Silence is Golden’, ‘Working My Way Back to You Babe’ and‘Oh What a Night’.
Supporting the Valli Boys will be Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir and rock and pop choir The Phil Harmonics.
The Phil Harmonics are relative newcomers to the Llanelli music scene.
The group was set up by Sarah Mair Richards, Phil Thomas and Pauline Yudowitz.
They have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and recently performed at Westminster for a VIP audience organised by Llanelli MP Nia Griffith.
Choir rehearsals are at The Stradey Park Hotel and the choir members are grateful for the hotel’s continuing support.
The choir is for 18 - 80 year olds who want to be part of a very exciting group who are very different from your usual choirs, very up-beat and fun. They sing some of the classics and modern pop/rock. They have their own instrumental band who accompany them at concerts.
Anyone interested in attending the choirs rehearsals or joining can contact - Pauline Yudowitz 07706796677 email
The choir have a Facebook page which can be found by searching for ‘The Phil Harmonics’ or on the following link -
Côr Meibion Llanelli, meanwhile, are looking forward to their next concert.
This 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.
A Night With The Stars, the annual showcase concert of Loud Applause Productions, the popular production company run by Llanelli-based Cerith Owens, is now a complete sell-out, with the last tickets being bought up last week.
A Night With The Stars takes place on Saturday 12th November at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, 7.00pm start.
It 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.

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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