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

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

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There’s a special charity concert at Tumble Hall in the Gwendraeth on Friday (7pm).

It’s billed as Ellie’s Journey and will feature a wonderful mix of local talent, singers, musicians and dancers.

Harmoni, the choir led by Catrin Hughes, are on the bill together with Côr Ysgol yr Hendy, Pontarddulais Town Band and Loud Applause Rising Stars singers Lauren Fisher, Daisy Owens and Osian Clarke.

Tickets are £10 and the compere for the evening is Heddyr Gregory.

It’s a busy week for Osian Clarke.

He was invited to sing for the Board of Directors and principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) – the only one selected from the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire voice course.

Then, on Friday, he will take part in a Cardiff Singer of the World Masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott.

It’s also been a busy time and another Osian – Burry Port tenor Osian Wyn Bowen.

Last week, he took part in the prestigious Ian Stoutzker Prize Final at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD).

He followed that with his house debut with Welsh National Opera in their production of Fidelio, playing ‘Jaquino’.

The production, directed by Sir David Pountney and conducted by Lothar Koenigs, was on the Donald Gordon Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre.

It seems the youth of West Wales are really in the spotlight for there’s more good news for members of Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS).

Founder member Samuel Wyn-Morris has been invited to Vancouver, Canada, this October to perform for the Vancouver Welsh Society, who are hosting the 90th Anniversary celebrations of Cambrian Hall, the only Welsh Hall built for the purpose of sharing Welsh culture with communities in North America.

The weekend activities feature an informal Noson Lawen on Friday, October 4, a celebration concert on the evening of Saturday, October 5 and a Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday afternoon, October 6. Sam will be performing in all three events.

Next week at The Lyric in Carmarthen there’s a big concert which should be a sell-out.

A Choired Taste will be marking their fifth anniversary with a concert featuring guest stars Only Men Aloud.

It is at The Lyric at 7.30pm on Friday, June 28.

Only Men Aloud have been delighting audiences around the world for well over 15 years.

Nearly 10 years ago, they were named BBC One’s Last Choir Standing and this led to an album deal with Universal Records. In 2010, they won a Classical Brit Award for Best Album of the Year.

They have toured every year since winning the show, all around the world and have worldwide record sales of over 300,000.

The Llanelli District Music and Drama Club’s final event for this season will feature The Welsh Chamber Orchestra.

They will be performing for the first time in Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Tuesday June 25, 7.30pm

Tickets £12; Students £5 are available from the theatre.

All of the music played by the WCO will be by composers from the west who have incorporated themes from the east over a period of 350 years, including Handel, Lully, Mozart, Beethoven and Weber.

Latest news from Llandybie Male Voice Choir is that the choristers will be holding their annual concert on Friday, June 21, at 7pm in Llandybie Memorial Hall, with the help of Côr Meibion Dinefwr and artists Gareth James (Baritone) and a young local girl Cerys Tommason-James.

Admission will £10 by programme and can be obtained from choristers or at the door.

Burry Port Town Band will stage an evening of ‘Music from the Stage and Shows!’ at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, July 20, 7pm.

The concert will feature the Senior Band, the ever-growing Junior Band and a very special guest artist in Samuel Wyn-Morris.

The Gwyl Cerdd Dant Cymru this year is being held in Llanelli.

Fundraising is gathering speed to ensure its success.

The chair of the Gwyl Cerdd Dant Llanelli a’r Cylch is Catrin Hughes, who is also a music advisor and trustee of the Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS) charity.

In support of their fundraising, LARS is organising a big Gala Concert at Llanelli’s Greenfield Baptist Church on Friday, July 12.

The evening offers a feast of choral music and there will be four choirs – Côr Lleisiau’r Cwm and Harmoni, both under the baton of Catrin Hughes, Côr Meibion Llanelli and Côr Ysgol Dewi Sant.

The concert will feature some excellent young soloists, including award-winning tenor Osian Wyn Bowen.

Also on stage will be five singers from LARS – mezzo soprano Nikkila Thomas, who is at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and Ysgol Y Strade pupils Lauren Fisher, James Oakley, Daisy Owens and Jack Owens. They will be accompanied by Catrin Hughes and Andrew Pike.

The organiser are anticipating a big demand for tickets, which are available from choir members, Cadno Music in John Street, Llanelli, or by contacting tickets@loudapplauserisingstars.co.uk or Cerith Owens 07854 303918.

In other news, Bridget Radford’s two choirs, Lleisiau Hardd and Lleisiau Hardd Bach, will be staging their annual concert at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Friday, July 12, 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and available from choristers.

The choristers from Llandyfaelog-based Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi are getting ready for their annual concert. It will be at the Princess Gwenllian Centre in Kidwelly on Saturday, October 12, 7pm. The choir will be joined by Gwendraeth Valley’s Côr Meibion Mynydd Mawr.

The evening will also feature special guests Pantel and Trio.

Trio are a male vocal group from Snowdonia – formed by renowned pianist/accompanist Annette Bryn Parri in 2012. The group gave its first public performance at Galeru Caernarfon in June 2013. The standing ovation at Galeri led, not only to a number of concerts in 2013 and 2014, but also to the release of the group’s first CD in August 2014.

Their songs are often heard on Radio Cymru programmes.

They made their TV debut at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Denbigh (2013).

The Noson Lawen (S4C) programme in which they appeared was dedicated to Hogia’r Wyddfa, one of Wales’ most popular groups, a group that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.

Since then, Trio have appeared on Pnawn Da (S4C) and Heno (S4C). Trio are Emyr Wyn Gibson, Bedwyr Gwyn Parri and Steffan LLoyd Owen.

Ammanford’s Miner’s Theatre will feature The Siren Sisters on July 6 (3pm)

The Siren Sisters are known as a blonde, brunette and red head combo, crooning tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Think blue birds, white cliffs and apple blossom . . .

They follow in the footsteps of the Andrews, Boswell and Dinning Sisters and will have you tapping your toes and humming along to the nostalgic tunes of yesteryear.

Finally, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir have postponed their annual concert, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

The choir committee are in the process of redrafting their events calendar following the retirement of musical director D Eifion Thomas.

A list of forthcoming Côr Meibion Llanelli engagements will appear here in due course.

  • If you have news about the choral scene in Llanelli, email robert.lloyd01@walesonline.co.uk or rlloydpr@btinternet.com

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