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Latest On Song column – November 8

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Latest On Song column – November 8

Posted By Robert Lloyd

IT’S time to get in the Christmas spirit as choirs and singers announce their festive concert dates.

The popular Lleisiau’r Cwm ladies choir will be centre stage on December 17 for a special evening in Garnant.

Bethel Chapel will be the venue. The concert starts at 6pm and tickets are £5, pay on entry.

The choir will be joined by the outstanding mezzo-soprano soloist Eirlys Myfanwy Davies.

Eirlys is from Trimsaran and has performed with the world famous Glyndebourne Opera.

A Samling Artist and London Welsh Young Singer of the Year winner, Eirlys is a Young Artist graduate from the National Opera Studio, after previously studying at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Operatic performances include the role of Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, Mother in Madama Butterfly, Annina in La Traviata, all for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice for Welsh National Opera.

Also on stage in Garnant will be Ensemble Pres Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Cor Meibion Dyffryn Aman male voice choir and pupils of Ysgol y Bedol.

Further west, the team from Span Arts are organising an Advent Concert in Pisgah Chapel in Llandissilio on Sunday, November 26 (5pm).

This year’s event will feature the exceptional talents of Jessica Robinson, a soprano hailing from Pembrokeshire, and Whitland Male Voice Choir!

Jessica, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a distinction in MA Opera Performance, has received numerous awards and accolades during her career.

Her remarkable journey includes standout performances with prestigious institutions like the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre.

The renowned Whitland and District Male Voice Choir has a history dating back to 1895.

Drawing its members from various areas, including Whitland, Clunderwen, Llanboidy, Maenclochog, Tenby, Haverfordwest, and their surroundings, this choir has a storied tradition of participating in competitions and achieving success, notably at the National Eisteddfod.

Tickets are £12 and £8 for concessions.

In Carmarthen, there’s a chance for people to join the Tenovus Cancer Care Sing With Us choir.

The choir rehearses every Thursday evening at Carmarthen Library, between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Tenovus Sing with Us choirs are dotted around Wales.

The choirs are uplifting and fun and are for anyone who’s been affected by cancer in any way. You don’t need to read music, or even be a great singer. Just be willing to have a go and join in.

The choirs sing a range of contemporary songs from the last 50 years. You’ll often hear modern classics from the likes of Queen, Elvis, Rihanna, The Beach Boys, Take That and Adele.

Sing with Us choirs are free to join, but rely entirely on donations.

In other news, Llanelli Musical Theatre Group will be presenting Puss in Boots in Stiwdio Stepni at Ffwrnes Theatre between December 19 and 23.

Llanelli Musical Theatre Group will present a fresh take on the classic pantomime tale of ‘Puss In Boots’ in the intimate setting of Stiwdio Stepni.

There will be music, dancing and laughter throughout for the Purrr-fect traditional family pantomime for Christmas!

Tickets are £13 each, £45 for a family of four, or £10 each when booking 10 or more. Last year’s run sold-out very quickly, so you are advised to hurry and get your tickets.

There’s a treat in store for lovers of rock’n’roll as Showaddywaddy arrive at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli as part of their 50th Anniversary concert tour.

The show is on November 18 and tickets are £27 & £26.

In Carmarthen, The Mersey Beatles will be performing at The Lyric Theatre on November 24.

The Mersey Beatles have been rocking sold-out shows around the globe since 1999 with their authentic and widely-acclaimed celebration of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Tickets are £25.

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

Eirlys Myfanwy Davies

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