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Latest On Song column – April 03

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Latest On Song column – April 03

Posted By RobertLloyd58

THE busy ladies of the popular Côr Curiad Choir in Llanelli have a special concert coming up right in the heart of the town.

The historic St Elli Parish Church will be the venue for a spring charity concert on Friday, April 19 (7pm).

All proceeds from the concert will go towards church funds.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the email address marianneosborne@cinw.org.uk or by ringing 01554 227427.

Côr Curiad ladies choir has been running for more than 25 years and has 40-plus members. The choir includes mothers, daughters and sisters, as well as ‘pals’. They even have members who live outside of Wales.

The choir’s musical director is Alex Esney.

Down the years, the choir has raised thousands for charities, including Llanelli’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice and the Wales Air Ambulance.

You can find out more about Côr Curiad on their Facebook page at – https://www.facebook.com/Corcuriad

Meanwhile, after two years of rehearsing at St Elli Church, Llanelli Chamber Choir members have relocated to the Athenaeum at Llanelli Library.

The choir will continue to hold major concerts at the church, as it offers a magnificent venue to showcase its repertoire.

In its very short history, the choir, under the direction of Piet Zorn, has tackled various musical challenges, including performances of Stainer’s Crucifixion, Faure’s Requiem, and (last year) a memorable rendition of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The choir members are regular guests at Christmas and Summer concerts at the church organised by Loud Applause Rising Stars.

Currently, the choir is diligently preparing Haydn’s Creation, set to be performed at the church on Saturday, September 28.

Prior to that, on Friday, June 14, the choir will host a fundraising concert to help gather the funds necessary for staging the event.

The choir will commence rehearsals at its new venue in the library on Monday, April 8. Rehearsals will take place once a week, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

A spokesman for Llanelli Chamber Choir said: “We are a mixed choir with more than 40 members. No audition is required. All that is needed is a love for music and the desire to perform wonderful pieces.”

You can find out more about Llanelli Chamber Choir on their Facebook page at – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090227216918

In other news, later this month, there will be a massive concert showcasing Welsh male voice choirs at their very best.

The Royal Albert Hall will be hosting 500 men, representing 23 choirs, on Saturday, April 27.

The event is organised by the Welsh Male Choirs Association.

The musical director for the evening will be Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE, who will be supported by the celebrated musicians Caradog Williams (Burry Port) and Huw Tregelles Williams OBE (Loughor).

Mr Tregelles Williams, President of the Welsh Male Choirs Association, said: “The evening will show that choral singing among men is alive and well – despite the struggles we have faced in recent years.”

The concert will also feature tenor Osian Wyn Bowen (Burry Port) and celebrated cellist Steffan Morris (Loughor).

The award-winning ladies choir, Parti Llwchwr, will also perform.

The compere will be BBC journalist, presenter and broadcaster Garry Owen.

Tickets can be ordered through the Royal Albert Hall ticket office.

Further information can be obtained through Alun Thomas on 07795 194498 or email alunethomas@btinternet.com

Meanwhile, members of Llanelli Youth Theatre are getting warmed up for what is going to be a busy 40th anniversary year.

LYT will be staging a special 40th anniversary concert at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli on Saturday, June 1.

Then, in September, LYT will be staging Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical Sweeney Todd.

On April 5, the Immersion Theatre company bring the Alice in Wonderland family musical to Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli.

Immersion Theatre are the team behind last year’s smash hit “The Jungle Book”. The company cast will bring their trademark energy to their biggest, funniest, and most spectacular family musical to date: Alice in Wonderland!

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure and meet a host of outlandish characters including Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter!

Children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life in a show packed with comedy, music, audience interaction, and fun for the whole family! Tickets are £14 and £12

On April 20, Tony Toes Ballet will bring their Movie and Musicals show to Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

Tiny Toes Ballet take you on a journey of imagination, exploration, fun and dance as their young dancers perform classic hits from your favourite movies and musicals. You’ll leave the theatre smiling from ear to ear.

Tickets are £12.

At The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen, Ghost The Musical will be performed by BOW Productions between April 10 and 13.

Ghost the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.

Longtime couple Sam and Molly are happily in love and living together in Brooklyn.

Walking back to their apartment one night, they are mugged at gunpoint, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped between this world and the next as a ghost and unable to leave Molly, who he quickly learns is in grave danger.

With the help of a storefront psychic named Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of protecting her.

Featuring such popular songs as “With You” and the Righteous Brothers’ classic “Unchained Melody,” this powerful love story is a fan favourite!

More information about Theatrau Sir Gar shows can be found on their website at – https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk

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