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Latest ‘On Song’ column from Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

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Latest ‘On Song’ column from Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

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There are still a handful of tickets left for the big ‘St David’s’ concert in Llanelli this weekend.

But, hurry, hurry, hurry, is the advice as they are in big demand.

The concert was originally scheduled for the big ‘Snow Weekend’ at the start of March at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

Safety issues forced the postponement then, but the concert is scheduled to go ahead on Saturday, March 31.

The concert will feature the Pendyrus Male Choir from the Rhondda Valley.

Sharing the stage will be the Cor Iau Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade Junior Choir.

Joining the choirs will be two very popular young soloists – mezzo soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies and tenor Osian Wyn Bowen.

The compere will be the very busy and popular Garry Owen.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies will be a major attraction as her ‘home concert’ appearances are quite rare nowadays as she has to cope with a very busy work schedule.

Eirlys was born in Trimsaran.

A 2017 London Welsh Young Singer of the Year winner, Samling Artist and named Voice of the Future at Llangollen International Festival, Eirlys is a recent Young Artist graduate from the National Opera Studio, London.

Previous to her studies at NOS, she studied at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Royal Academy of Music, London where she was awarded the Maida Jones Award and Alfred Alexander Award after previously gaining a BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

A familiar face on the competition platform, a winner of the 2016 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year, W.Towyn Roberts Memorial Award, Ye Cronies Opera Award, winner of the Miriam Licette Award, runner up in the Clonter Opera Prize, recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musician’s Silver Medal Award and Llais Llwyfan Llambed Award.

She has also been a finalist in many other competitions such as The Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, Douglas Rees Memorial Opera Singer of the Year, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2016 and 2014 in the Welsh Singers Competition at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Her previous performances have included covering the role of Portia The Merchant of Venice for Welsh National Opera, cover Annina La Traviata for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and La Traviata, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale and Hamlet with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour Chorus.

Other operatic credits include Dido Dido and Aeneas, Mistress Ford in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love and Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse for the Alexander Gibson Opera School and Pompea in Dove’s The Little Green Swallow for British Youth Opera.

Upcoming Operatic engagements sees Eirlys returning to Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Eirlys’s television engagements include numerous appearances on S4C, such as Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, Wedi 3, Wedi 7 , Deg Difa and Noson Lawen.

There’s a rush on for tickets for next month’s big night planned to help raise funds for the Parc Howard Association, the voluntary group working hard to protect Llanelli’s famous park.

‘Music for the Parc’ is being staged at Llanelli’s Stradey Park Hotel on Friday, April 27 (7pm).

The concert follows a successful ‘Music in the Park’ event organised by the Parc Howard Association.

The evening will be hosted by BBC newsreader and broadcaster Huw Edwards, who is, of course, a native of Llangennech.

(Some regular readers may have been confused by last week’s On Song column, which appeared to suggest Robert Lloyd would be doing the compere duties. That minor blunder was due to a slip of the editor’s pen and I am happy to confirm the excellent Mr Edwards will host the evening)

The concert will feature The Phil Harmonics, alongside the award-winning Parti Llwchwr, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir, Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera, Otherside, Osian Clarke and Adele O’Neill.

Tickets are £12 and available from Mossies at Llanelli Market Precinct or via members of The Phil Harmonics.

In other news, tickets are available for a major concert to be staged at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on Saturday, May 19, 2018 (7pm).

An array of stars will perform a very special evening of song in celebration of Llanelli Rotary Club marking its landmark Centenary Year.

Shan Cothi, one of the country’s most popular sopranos, will be sharing the stage with two great Welsh international choral ambassadors – Côr Meibion Llanelli, under the baton of conductor D Eifion Thomas, and the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, under the baton of conductor John Hywel Williams.

Joining them will be the delightful sounds of Cor Ysgol Goffa, an ensemble from Ysgol Y Strade under the baton of Catrin Hughes and the Lewis-Meredith sisters – Calley, Sarah and Steffi.

The event has two aims –

  • To help commemorate the centenary of Llanelli Rotary Club
  • To raise funds for the Green Light Postrate Cancer Machine at Prince Philip Hospital.

The concert is another event co-produced by Carmarthenshire Theatres and Loud Applause.


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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