It’s going to be a busy few weeks for the young choisters from the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and Angelicus Celtis.
They are staging ‘The Magic of Christmas’ at 7pm on Saturday, December 8, at St Catherine’s Church, Gorseinon.
And the following week (Saturday, December 15) they will be staging ‘Christmas Fantasia’ at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre (curtain up at 7pm).
Tickets are going fast for the Gorseinon event.
The evening is billed as a chance to embrace the miracle of Christmas, portrayed through massed voices, congregational singing, music and narration with the international broadcast and performance voices of the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and the acclaimed voices of the Angelicus Celtis.
The evening will also feature the Llanelli Choral Society, organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, percussionist Gareth Hamlin and narrator Jeremy Hywel – all under the legendary baton of John Hywel Williams MBE.
The setting will be very festive inside the beautiful candlelit St. Catherine’s Church in Gorseinon.
Highlights of the evening will include great Christmas favourites such as the Hallelujah Chorus, Pie Jesu, O Holy Night, Star of Bethlehem, Ceremony of Carols, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Benedictus, Gabriel’s Message, Carol of the Bells, Hark The Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful.
Tickets £7 and available from 01792 893631, 07795 236807, Church Members or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/themagicofchristmas
Doors open at 6.15pm.
The evening will be in aid of Church Funds and Initiatives.
The Christmas Fantasia at Ffwrnes Theatre on December 15 will celebrate the 70th magnificent anniversary of the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and embrace Christmas in magnificent style.
The Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers will be joined by Angelicus Celtis, stars of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, the symphonic sounds of the British Sinfonietta Orchestra, organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, percussionist Gareth Hamlin and narrator Jeremy Hywel.
Once again, John Hywel Williams MBE will be in charge of the proceeedings.
Festive highlights will include magical moments from The Nutcracker, The Hallelujah Chorus, Pie Jesu, O Holy Night, Star of Bethlehem, Ceremony of Carols, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Benedictus, Gabriel’s Message, Carol of the Bells, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sleigh Ride and Troika.
Tickets are £20 and are available from 07795 236807.
Doors open 6.15pm.
Meanwhile, in other news, the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers are again planning their ‘Operation Christmas Love’.
This has the goal of delivering a goodwill gift and a song to those in need of a smile this Christmas.
Members of the public are being asked to nominate ‘someone in need of a smile this Christmas’.
Llandyfaelog-based Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi are looking forward to their Christmas events.
They include –
Tuesday 11th December, Glanmorfa Care Home, Kidwelly, 6.30pm.
Thursday 13 December, Towy Castle, 6.30pm.
Tuesday 18th December, Red Lion, Llandyfaelog, 7pm.
Thursday 20th December, Gwernllwyn Care Home, 6.30pm.
There’s a special concert coming up in December to raise funds for Burry Port Lifeboat Station.
‘Christmas by Candlelight will feature Elin Manahan Thomas, Gary Griffiths and Osian Wyn Bowen.
It is being held at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Saturday, December 22 (7pm).
Tickets for the Bury Port concert are £15 and are available from Cadno Travel or from the following phone numbers – 07795415411 and 07900893150.
Llanelli District Music and Drama Club have a special evening at the Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre on Friday, November 30 (7.30pm).
They will be presenting A Fine Romance, with Tony Jacobs and Catherine Sykes and Jim Barry at the piano.
The evening will feature music and songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
Tickets are £10 (students £5) and are available from Barrie Lewis, Market Precinct, Llanelli, phone 01554-772594 or at the door.
Crwbin Silver Band are getting ready for Christmas.
Their Christmas Concert will be at Pontyberem Hall on Friday, December 14 (7pm).
The concert will also feature Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth choir and wind band.
Tickets are £8 (children £5) and will be available at the door or from band members.
Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir members are also looking forward to the festive season.
‘Christmas With The Choir’ will be held at 7pm on Saturday, December 1, at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.
The choir’s special guests will be Burry Port Town Band and the St John Lloyd School Choir.
Also in December, The West End At Christmas returns to the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen with their brand new concert for 2018!
Stars from the West End present a magical evening of entertainment featuring hits from the musicals and the best of Christmas songs.
The talented cast have starred in many West End productions and national tours including Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain, Starlight Express, Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Godspell, Joseph and Cats . . . to name but a few!
The West End At Christmas will at The Lyric on December 18.
The Kidwelly Festival Ladies Choir will be performing at a Grand Christmas Concert and Vintage Fashion Show at Carmarthen Museum, Abergwili, on December 15 (6pm). Tickets are £10 adults and £5 children. It promises to be a fun night.
Finally, in case you missed the news about Russell Watson . . .
His Carmarthen concert has been re-scheduled to Tuesday November 27 at the Lyric.
Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant – www.rlloydpr.co.uk
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