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

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

There’s just a handful of tickets remaining for a special charity concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, this Saturday.
The Valli Boys will be bringing a touch of West End glamour to the evening, which has been 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.
“They are two very worthy causes and close to our hearts locally,” said Councillor Morgan.
“It is great to see people turning out to support a great charity evening and we will be holding a special raffle on the evening to help boost our fundraising efforts.
“We have managed to secure some great entertainment for the evening and it promises to be a concert to remember.”
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’.
Ben Evans is a big friend of Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir and the choristers will be one of the main support acts for the evening.
The concert will also feature the very popular Llanelli-based rock and pop choir The Phil Harmonics.
Côr Meibion Llanelli musical director D Eifion Thomas said: “The Valli Boys are a great attraction and will be a great hit with the audience.
“The Phil Harmonics are planning a special repertoire for the evening and our two choir sets during the evening will feature a mixture of traditional Welsh songs and some of the Elvis Presley items which proved popular in our Christmas concert.
“The programme is likely to include – Eleni, Anfonaf Angel, Myfanwy, Y Tangnewfeddwyr, Return To Sender, Peace In The Valley, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes and American Trilogy.
Tickets can be obtained from the Ffwrnes Theatre box office or from the website on -

Other future events in West Wales include –
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Carmarthen Youth Opera. Musical - 21 Feb, 22 Feb, 23 Feb, 24 Feb, 25 Feb at The Lyric. CDYO are proud to present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's masterpiece Jesus Christ Superstar. One of the best musicals of all times this production will be a rock spectacular and celebrate a new generation of young and aspiring talent, it promises to be the 'must see' show of 2017.
SEMELE OPERA - Mid Wales Opera. Opera - 23 Feb at The Ffwrnes. First performed during Lent 1744 at Covent Garden, Handel’s Semele instantly caused a stir. The production used Congreve’s libretto based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses bringing to life Semele’s ill-fated love for Jupiter King of the Gods. Undoubtedly one of the jewels of baroque opera, it features the stunning tenor aria “Where’er you walk” and Semele’s breathtaking “Endless pleasure, endless love”.
COMPANY - Llanelli Stage Company. Musical - 23 Feb, 24 Feb, 25 Feb at Ffwrnes - Stiwdio Stepni. A breakthrough Broadway musical in 1970. COMPANY remains fresh, acerbic and original today. The themes – marriage and commitment, friendship and loneliness – and its innovations in form, mark it as a landmark in American musical theatre; considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. You can't fail to be dazzled by Sondheim's score – original, pulsating and breathtaking.
ST DAVID’S DAY CONCERT - Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin in the company of Huw Chiswell, March 4 at The Lyric. Celebrate St David's Day in the company of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Huw Chiswell and Heledd Cynwal. A time to relax and enjoy a music extravaganza. President for the evening: Mr Eric Jones, Hendy, Pontarddulais.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - SA15 Stage School. Musical - 2 Mar, 3 Mar, 4 Mar, 5 Mar, 7 Mar, 8 Mar, 9 Mar, 10 Mar at The Ffwrnes. Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.
ST DAVID'S CELEBRATION CONCERT - Loud Applause Productions. Gala Concert - 11 Mar at The Ffwrnes. Celebrate under the skilful baton of exhilarating maestro Alwyn Humphreys as he raises the roof with the mighty sound of a traditional 100 strong male voice choir (choirs of Burry Port, Dyffryn Amman, Dyffryn Tywi & Mynydd Mawr). Popular host Garry Owen returns, renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, guest accompanist Jeff Howard and up and coming talented young performers will bring the traditional feel of Wales in an evening not to be missed!
CHAMBER PHILHARMONIC EUROPE POWERFUL EMOTIONS TOUR 2017 - Kammerphilharmonie Europa. Classical Music - 22 Mar at The Ffwrnes. Chamber Philharmonic Europe with award-winning soloist C. Gussaroff –Trumpet bring an evening of versatilesounds and a repertoire that will lead you through an intricate mix of emotions with their high quality artisitic and enriching classical music and experiences from the world renowned established orchestra that will leave you moved and energized equally.

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