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Latest On Song column – April 10

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Latest On Song column – April 10

Posted By RobertLloyd58

BURRY Port tenor Osian Wyn Bowen has revealed his plans for what should be a very busy 2024-25 season.

His list of concert appearances will include a special return to ‘home turf’ when he joins Llanelli Chamber Choir for a performance of Haydn’s Creation in the autumn.

Osian said: “In a month’s time I return to Welsh National Opera to revive my role as the ‘Venditore di Canzonetta’ in Il Tabarro (Il Tabarro, The Cloak, is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini).

“I’m really excited to return to this production and be a part of this special show!

“This weekend, I join Côr Bro Ogwr (Bridgend) as the tenor soloist in their performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Porthcawl. It’s always great to work with a new society and perform new repertoire.

“Later this month, I make my debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where I’ll sing at the Festival of Massed Male Voice Choirs as one of their soloists. It is somewhere I’ve wanted to sing at for many years!

“Then, later this year I’ll return to Opera North to cover the role of ‘Tamino’ in their production of The Magic Flute. I very much look forward to this as the role has been one I’ve been wanting to add to my repertoire for some time.

“In September, I join Llanelli Chamber Choir for the first time in their Performance of Haydn’s Creation. It’s been almost six years since I last sang the role of ‘Uriel’ in The Creation, so it’s lovely to be able to sing the part once again, this time on home turf!

“Finally, into 2025. I’m pleased to announce that whilst I’ll be covering the role at Opera North, next March I will sing the role of ‘Tamino’ in their reduced production of ‘The Magic Flute Lite’.

“With the remainder of this year and the start 2025 looking great, I very much look forward to what else the future holds!”

Osian Wyn Bowen


Osian is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Opera School, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned vocal coach John Fisher and Adrian Thompson.

He made his operatic debut singing the role of Jaquino Fidelio, for Welsh National Opera in their 2019 Freedom series.

Following this, Osian has gone on to work regularly across the UK.

Recent engagements include – Don Ottavio (cover) Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Tenor Opera Highlights Tour, Ensemble Joesfine, Sir Bailey Barre Utopia Ltd, Francesco The Gondoliers, Ferrando (cover) Cosi Fan Tutte (Scottish Opera), Marschellin’s Hausofmeister & Ein Tierhändler Der Rosenkavalier, Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (Garsington Opera), Adolfo & Prunier (cover) La Rondine (West Green House), Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (St.Barts Chamber Orchestra), Title Role Albert Herring, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Marco The Gondoliers, Gonzalve L’heure Espagnole (RWCMD).

In addition to Opera, Osian is also in demand as a concert soloist. His repertoire includes – Handel’s Messiah & O Praise the Lord with One Consent, Mass in C by Beethoven, Mozart’s Requiem, Sparrow Mass and Vesparae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn’s Creation, Saint Seans’ Christmas Oratorio, Mass in D by Smythe, Jenkins’ The Armed Man and a world premiere of Spring Offensive by Dr Edward-Rhys Harry.

In addition to concerts, Osian is a regular performer on TV. Osian recently sang the role of Francesco in Scottish Opera’s television broadcast of The Gondoliers on BBC4.

Other recent recordings include the Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele 100 (Recorded Live from Passchendaele) and Songs of Praise BBC, Cystadleaeth Cantorion Ifanc Cymru 2020 & 2022, Cyngerdd y 10 Tenor, Les Mis – Y Daith, Noson Lawen & Heno S4C.

Osian has also recorded as a soloist on the album Chasing Shadows singing ‘Gweddi’r Arglwydd’.

Prizes and awards include the 2019 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Winner, 2018 Geraint Morris Memorial Award, Mansel Thomas Memorial Award for Music, The Manning Singing Prize for Tenors, Aileen Price Award, D Afan Thomas Award, 2020 & 2022 Welsh Singers Showcase Finalist and 2019 Ian Stoutzker Prize Finalist.

Next weekend, 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, 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 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.

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

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