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Latest On Song column – October 18

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Latest On Song column – October 18

Posted By Robert Lloyd

HATS off once again to the hard-working ladies of Cor Curiad choir in Llanelli.

Their Christmas By Candlelight concert at St Elli Parish Church on December 1 (7pm) is now officially sold out.

Anyone who has ordered tickets can collect them from the choir’s rehearsal HQ at The Lantern Centre in Hall Street, Llanelli, from 6.15 to 6.45 on Thursday, October 19, and Thursday, October 26.

Anyone who cannot make those times can get in touch with the choir via their Facebook page to arrange ticket collection – https://www.facebook.com/Corcuriad

In Carmarthen, the popular ladies choir called A Choired Taste are staging a rehearsals revival.

New members are welcome to rehearsals on Mondays, 7-9pm, at Christ Church Hall, Carmarthen.

The next rehearsal dates are November 6, November 20 and December 4.

Meanwhile, there’s good news for music fans in the Gwendraeth Valley as Symphonica Tywi get ready to arrive with their 30th anniversary tour.

They will be performing at Pontyberem Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 21 (7.30pm).

The show is being billed as ‘Stars and Lovers’, a concert of thrilling and passionate music performed by the ‘Orchestra in the West’.

Featured items include the West Side Story Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Star Wars, The Planets (Mars, Venus and Jupiter) and Rachmaninov’s Adagio Symphony No2.

Tickets are £12, with free admission for under-14s.

Tickets are available from Ticketline on 07876 727906 or mike.cottam@hotmail.com

In other news, Llanelli’s Curtain Up Theatre Company have revealed their plans for Christmas.

They will be performing for two nights at Stiwdio Stepni at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli, on Tuesday, December 5, and Wednesday, December 6 (7pm).

The show is called ‘Christmas Magic’ and will feature best loved songs from musical and movies.

The concerts are in aid of the Breakthro charity.

Curtain Up musical director John-Paul Jones said the concerts will feature songs from many iconic Christmas films, including Home Alone, Elf, The Muppets Christmas Carol and White Christmas.

On October 18 and 19, the Linzi Richards Drama Company will be bringing the ‘Annie Jr’ show to Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli. Both performances will be at 7pm.

Annie JR. features everyone’s favourite little redhead in her very first adventure.

Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

At Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli on October 20 (7.30pm), Tunde, the Voice of the Lighthouse Family will be on stage.

Tunde Baiyewu is a British singer-songwriter of Nigerian descent and is a member of the multi-platinum selling, Lighthouse Family. Tunde met Paul Tucker when the pair were both studying at university in Newcastle and also working in the bar scene – their partnership began, and they formed Lighthouse Family.

The duo released their debut album Ocean Drive, with the lead single Lifted reaching the top five on the UK Singles Chart. Ocean Drive was certified six-times platinum by the end of 1997, selling more than 1.8 million copies in the UK alone and spending 154 weeks on the UK Album Chart. Lighthouse Family’s follow-up albums achieved similar status, with the band selling over 15 million albums throughout their career.

Tunde’s first self-titled solo album was released in 2004, with his second solo album, Diamond In A Rock, released in 2013.

In 2019, Lighthouse Family released a new album Blue Sky in Your Head. It was the group’s first album in 18 years and was supported with two sell-out UK tours.

More recently, Tunde has been working on a new collection of recordings, inspired by the artists and the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s. Reunited with Lighthouse Family producer Mike Peden, they have recorded a selection of Troubadour influenced songs. Songs recorded are gems written by Elton John, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor, Leon Russell, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, America, David Gates, Bill Withers, Todd Rundgren and Barry White.

Tickets are £30 & £27.50.

Finally, if you are a fan of ballet, Swan Lake will be coming to The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on November 10.

The Crown Ballet will present Tchaikovsky’s great work.

Swan Lake is regarded as one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman, he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Swan Lake is full of mystery and romance and has captured the imagination of generations over the years and it continues to attract worldwide audiences, young and old.

For more information please visit: www.crown-ballet.co.uk

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