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Award winning author and Aberystwyth graduate awarded 2018 Tir na n-Og prize

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Esteemed author Hayley Long, who graduated from Aberystywth University with a degree in English Literature in 1992, is the winner of the 2018 English language Tir na n-Og literature prize for young adults.

Organised by the Welsh Books Council, the award celebrates the best English-language title with an authentic Welsh background.

Hayley’s novel,The Nearest Faraway Place,is a young adult novel about two boys, Dylan and Griff, and their attempts to overcome a tragic accident that changes their lives forever.

The story is set in both New York and Aberystwyth, with flashbacks to a range of exotic locations around the world, and follows the boys as they try to rebuild their lives.

Hayley lives in Norwich but it was her student days in Aberystwyth that inspired her prize winning novel.

Hayley has fond memories of residing at Pantycelyn, despite not being a Welsh speaker and of the hall’s warden, Dr John Davies.

Hayley said: “Aberystwyth made a fundamental and lasting impression on me. The journey from Felixstowe used to take at least 9 hours by train and I can still remember that sensation of relief and happiness and excitement each time the train pulled into Aber and I saw the National Library all lit up on the hillside.

“I don’t think I was aware of it then, but the town and the university left an indelible mark on me and I will always love them both and that’s precisely why the second half of The Nearest Far Away Place’could only ever be set in Aberystwyth.

“In the first chapter, I do a terrible thing to my young characters and they must pick their lives up after a total catastrophe.  The story is a sad one but I knew from the beginning that it was going to have a hopeful message, and so I help the boys recover by introducing them to lots of things that I love and I relocate them from New York to a place where they can feel better – Aberystwyth.”

Hayley was presented the award at Y Drwm, National Library of Wales on the 9 May 2018, as part of the CILIP Wales Conference, the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals.

Hayley added: “Winning the Tir Na n-Og award is a massive vote of confidence and makes me feel so very, very encouraged to keep on writing the (sometimes quirky) things I want to write. I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Aberystwyth all over again. Diolch yn fawr.”

Photo: Hayley Long

Links:
Study English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University
https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/english/

Hayley Long
www.hayleylong.org

Welsh Books Council
http://www.cllc.org.uk/

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Latest ‘On Song’ column from Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

Posted By Robert Lloyd

There’s a special treat in Burry Port this weekend as the town’s famous Opera Chorus present Faure’s Requiem.

St Mary’s Church in Burry Port is the venue for the concert at 7pm on Saturday, May 12.

The evening will also feature other well-known opera choruses.

The soloists will be Eleri Gwilym and Kees Huysmans.

Ryan Lee will conduct and Martin Bell will be the organist and accompanist.

The Burry Port Opera Chorus will also perform Faure’s Requiem and other opera choruses at St Catherine’s Church in Gorseinon on Wednesday May 16, 7.30 pm.

Meanwhile, the current hottest tickets in town are for a major concert to be staged at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on Saturday, May 19, 2018 (7pm).

An array of stars will perform a very special evening of song in celebration of Llanelli Rotary Club marking its landmark Centenary Year.

Llanelli Rotary Club president John (JC) Williams said: “We’ve had a great centenary year, with many special events to mark the occasion. This concert promises to be the grand finale for our 100 years, with a wonderful and very talented line-up for what should be a great charity fundraising concert for Llanelli.”

Shan Cothi, one of the country’s most popular sopranos, will be sharing the stage with two great Welsh international choral ambassadors – Côr Meibion Llanelli, under the baton of conductor D Eifion Thomas, and the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, under the baton of conductor John Hywel Williams.

Joining them will be the delightful sounds of Cor Ysgol Goffa, an ensemble from Ysgol Y Strade under the baton of Catrin Hughes and the Lewis-Meredith sisters – Calley, Sarah and Steffi.

The event has two aims –

  • To help commemorate the centenary of Llanelli Rotary Club
  • To raise funds for the Green Light Postrate Cancer Machine at Prince Philip Hospital.

The concert is another event co-produced by Carmarthenshire Theatres and Loud Applause.

Cerith Owens, director of Loud Applause Productions, said: “We are honoured to have Shan Cothi taking part and two great choirs led by Mr D Eifion Thomas and John Hywel Williams, both of whom hold the prestigious Rotary award, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

“We will also be featuring the winners of the Llanelli Rotary Club Youg Musician of the Year competition.”

Looking further ahead, Côr Meibion Caerfyrddin Carmarthen Male Choir’s 60th anniversary concert will be held at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, on Saturday, October 13.

The choir will be joined on stage by four other choirs – Mynydd Mawr, Burry Port, Dyffryn Tywi and Dyffryn Aman.

This will create a combined choir of around 150 voices under the baton of Wyn Maskell, musical director of Côr Meibion Caerfyrddin.

Also taking part will be well known soloists: Jessica Robinson, soprano, and Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, tenor.

The MC for the evening will be television and radio personality Garry Owen.

Soprano Jessica Robinson is from Pembrokeshire and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class Honours Degree.

As a student at the RWCMD, Jessica studied with Beatrice Unsworth and Jeffrey Howard, winning the Aneurin Davies memorial award, The Mansel Thomas prize, The Margaret Tann Award and the Elias Soprano award.

Throughout her studies, Jessica has been fortunate to participate in master classes with artists such as Michael Pollock, Simon Lepper, Adrian Thompson, Simon Keenleyside, Donald Maxwell and John Fisher. Jessica was also chosen to sing as part of an octet for HRH the Prince of Wales.

Her singing life started at a young age as a competitor in local eisteddfodau in her home county of Pembrokeshire.

She went on to gain success nationally in the Urdd and the National Eisteddfodau.

Jessica has represented Pembrokeshire in the Young Farmers Eisteddfod winning the under 26 solo in 2008 and again in 2012. She was awarded Vocalist of the Year in the Pembrokeshire Chevron Music Awards and Musical Student of the Year in her secondary school, Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych.

as an oratorio and concert soloist, Jessica has performed in venues such as the Wales Millennium Stadium, The National Museum of Wales, Dorking Halls and The Dora Stoutzker Hall. She regularly appears in concerts all over the UK as guest artist with many of Wales’ most renowned Male Voice Choirs such as Blaenavon, Bridgend, South Wales and the London Welsh Male Voice choir. A personal highlight for Jessica was being asked to perform to the Welsh rugby team at the Welsh Assembly during the champagne reception celebrating their success in the Six Nations Championship and also alongside Paul Potts in a Charity concert for the Philippines disaster.

Recent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah ( Symffonia Tywi and The Mega Messiah), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Karl Jenkins’ Peace Makers and Joseph Parry’s Emmanuel (Côr Bro Ogwr). Jessica performed her first operatic role as the Spirit in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Purcell with ‘Opera’r Ddraig’, scene credits include Despina (Cosi fan Tutti), Violetta (La Traviata) and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro).

Jessica is an artist on the prestigious Live Music Now scheme and also performs regularly as an artist with Music in Hospitals.

Jessica performed in China in March as part of a Welsh Government Scheme; she toured around the country introducing Welsh music. Then toured with the Harry Ensemble as their soprano soloist around New York in May.

Welsh tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, who hails from Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire, is a popular concert soloist throughout Wales and further afield.

One of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation, he was named the Voice Of Wales by Decca Records in 2012 in an S4C TV series.

Trystan studied initially at University of Wales Trinity Saint David for a Theatre, Music and Media degree. He subsequently completed an MA degree in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and a further postgraduate degree in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has recently completed his studies as a Trainee at the National Opera Studio in London.

Prizes and awards include: Ian Stoutzker Prize 2014; Richard Van Allan Award 2014; Bruce Millar Gulliver Singing Prize 2014; RWCMD HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship 2013; Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year 2013; MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Prize 2012; Sybil Tutton Award 2012; London Welsh Young Singer of the Year Prize 2011; W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship 2011; Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize 2009.

Concert highlights include appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Hay-on-Wye Festival with Bryn Terfel, the Brynfest at the Southbank Centre, a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at St Martin-in-the- Fields and the Cardiff Music Festival.

He took the role of Carlos in a recording of Le Duc d’Albe with the Hallé Orchestra for Opera Rara and during summer 2015 received a scholarship to attend the Mozart Residency at Festival d’Aix-en- Provence.

Trystan made his first professional operatic début in the role of Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte on tour with Scottish Opera.

Finally, here’s another date for your diary for later in the year. The Annual Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert will be held at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, on October 27 (7pm).

This year, 2018, marks a significant year for our Armed Forces. It is the centenary of the end of The Great War (First World War) and also commemorates 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

The prestigious annual Royal British Legion Concert has become one of the landmark events in the calendar of South West Wales, providing a platform for the Royal British Legion to pay tribute to the fallen of current and past conflicts.

It also helps the British Legion launch the Poppy Appeal in South West Wales.

The concert features leading soprano and TV and radio personality Shân Cothi, one of Wales’s premier choirs in the form of Dunvant Male Choir, the highly popular Carmarthen-based mixed youth choir Côr Seingar, Swansea-based Dancerama performing arts group youth choir, the stirring sounds of the City of Swansea Pipe Band and the unforgettable Corps of Drums of the 215 City of Swansea Squadron.

The compére will be Brian Sullivan and the guest accompanist Jeffrey Howard.

The evening ends with the poignant Tribute to the Fallen and a Service of Remembrance.

The Royal British Legion is being supported with this event by Loud Applause Productions, the production company run by Llanelli’s Cerith Owens.

 

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant – www.rlloydpr.co.uk

If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email rlloydpr@btinternet.com

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The latest Phil Evans column

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Website – www.philevans.co.uk

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THIS STORM IN A TEA CUP MAKES A MUG OF US ALL.

Mind-bogglingly daft decisions are made every day in the name of the second most annoying two words in the English language ’Political Correctness’– the most annoying two words being ‘Piers Morgan’.

Although I’ll never stop crusading against small-minded people whose battle cry is “I don’t like it. Therefore it must stop!”, I feel like King Canute, trying to hold back the tidal wave of finger-wagging Political Correctness engulfing us.

For example . . .

In the Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby, two RNLI lifeboat men- those brave souls who willingly risk their lives to save others – have been sacked because they owned mugs that featured ‘photos of ‘naked women’.

Pass the smelling salts, Doris!

When their female boss saw them, she was so concerned visiting school children might be exposed to the mugs, she sacked the men – although I don’t really understand how volunteers can be sacked.

She sounds like a tough lady, but is she courageous enough to go out on a lifeboat in stormy seas, tossed about by enormous waves at three in the morning?

I’ve seen a ‘photo of one of the mugs and the ‘naked’ woman is actually wearing sturdy knickers and her arms are placed discreetly across her chest, so nothing’s displayed.

To remove any last suggestion of titillation, her face has been digitally and jokily replaced by the round, bespectacled face of one of the lifeboat men!

By the time you read this. I hope common sense has prevailed and they’ve been reinstated.

But the fact that their boss thought the mugs might corrupt children is ludicrous because school children travelling to the lifeboat station by minibus or coach would have passed advertising hoardings, many of which feature scantily clad females – as do several TV commercials.

Yet no-one demands that advertisers or the makers of the products advertised be sacked.

I need a strong cup of tea.

Where’s my topless Piers Morgan mug?

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Summer sun:

As I write this item, my mind is wandering to thoughts about summer and, more importantly (as we live in Wales), will we get one?

I’m not sure if these thoughts of long summer days and warm summer nights could have been triggered by last weekend’s sunshine and the thought that a relaxing break will soon be needed.

My spies tell me that travel agents are currently very busy with enquiries which may even lead to a record increase in sales.

So does this mean that the financially hard times are over and that people have more cash to spend, or is it that people will always find the money needed to spend on what makes them feel good?

My gut feeling here is that the latter is the case.

A change is as good as a rest but, unfortunately, most people will venture overseas in order to guarantee sunshine, which is sad really as we are blessed to live in a truly beautiful part of the world.

One of my friends tried very hard to persuade me to go camping this year, but after some consideration I have now decided that nobody needs friends like this.

Life is hard enough as it is.

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You can follow Phil Evans on Twitter @philevanswales and www.philevans.co.uk

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New study shows significant thinning of Patagonian glacier

Posted By Robert Lloyd

New research shows that the Benito Glacier in northern Patagonia has thinned by 133 metres in the past 44 years.

The study was carried out by a team of international researchers, including glaciologists from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

They say the northern and southern n ice fields are two of the most sensitive ice masses on Earth to climate change and could become a leading contributor to rising sea-levels caused by melting mountain glaciers and icecaps.

The team’s conclusions are based on detailed analysis of the surface lowering of the Benito Glacier between 1973 and 2017.

The starting point for the research was a ground survey surface elevation profile of the glacier carried out by the British Joint Forces Expedition in 1973, of which Martin Sessions – one of the co-authors on the study – was the scientific leader.

Martin, his son Mark and researchers from Aberystwyth University returned to Benito in April 2017 to retrace the surface profiles and carry out a new survey using the latest GPS technology.

The 2017 survey showed that in the intervening period of 44 years, the surface level of the Benito Glacier lowered and thinned by 133 metres.

The findings were published in May 2018 in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Earth Science: Rapid Surface Lowering of Benito Glacier, Northern Patagonian Icefield.

Professor Alun Hubbard, one of the researchers from Aberystwyth University’s Centre for Glaciology said: “This study highlights the exceptional rates of ice thinning evident in Patagonia.  I first visited the Patagonian ice fields 20 years ago, leading the first unsupported north to south crossing, summiting a number of previously unclimbed peaks and carrying out a series of geophysical measurements. Since that first expedition, glacier ice loss has been unprecedented across the region and, as our new paper reveals, has become a major contributor to global sea-level rise.”

Modelling projections into the latter twenty-first century indicate that melting will further increase and snowfall will decrease over the northern Patagonian ice field as temperatures continue to rise.

Dr Ryan Wilson, an Associate Lecturer at the Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, said: “The team found that average annual air temperatures in the region have increased at a rate of 0.2◦C per decade since 1960. Whilst precipitation volume remained constant between 1970 and 2000, warmer air temperatures will have increased the fraction of precipitation falling as rain rather than snow, reducing the accumulation rates on the surface of the glacier and increasing melt.

“There was a slight cooling in temperature and increased snowfall between 2000 and 2013 which appears to have rapidly reduced rates of surface lowering. However, in the last four years (2013–2017), rates of surface lowering increased again – more than doubling in comparison to the 1973–2000 period and quadrupling in comparison to the 2000-2013 period.”

Rapid Surface Lowering of Benito Glacier, Northern Patagonian Icefieldis published in full in the Frontiers in Earth Sciencejournal.

Photos: Photographs taken during the British Joint Forces Expedition in 1973 (left) and again in 2017 demonstrate changes in surface elevation of the Benito Glacier. Credit: Martin Sessions.

Links:
Frontiers in Earth Science

www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2018.00047/full 

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges

Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University
www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges/research/centre-glaciology

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Latest ‘On Song’ column from Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

Posted By Robert Lloyd

There’s a splendid charity show taking place at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli this weekend.

The ever-popular Curtain Up Theatre company will perform Seasons of Love.

The show is being staged on Saturday, May 5, for one night only.

It is planned to make the evening a celebration of the life of Myra Jones, one of the founder members of this Theatre Company.

Her son John Paul Jones is the current musical director of Curtain Up.

We’re promised an evening of pure magical theatre – an event for all the family to enjoy some uplifting, hand-clapping, foot-tapping music.

The show will feature a collection of favourite songs from across the decades.

Curtain Up dedicate most of their productions to charity fund-raising and Seasons of Love will be no exception, with money going towards the Teenage Cancer Trust and Bloodwise.

Over in the Tywi Valley, meanwhile, Saturday night promises to be a memorable one for Llandovery Male Voice Choir.

They are staging their annual concert on Saturday at Llandovery’s Pantycelyn School (7pm start).

The guest soloists will be tenor Aled Wyn Davies and soprano Llio Evans.

Mrs Lynne Jones MBE will be the musical director and the accompanist will be Mrs Elaine Robins.

Mrs Shirley Ann James will be president for the evening and the proceeds from the event (tickets £10) will go towards Friendship Club 2018.

Aled Wyn Davies has become a very familiar name to Welsh concertgoers over the years.

He is one of the famous Three Welsh Tenors, along with Aled Hall and Rhys Meirion.

He started his career as a folk-singer, but, after winning all the important prizes in folk-singing at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 1999 and the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2001, he started to broaden his horizons as a tenor soloist.

One of Aled’s greatest achievements is that he has won the national tenor solo competition three times in succession in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

He won the ultimate accolade at the Swansea National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2006 – the famous Blue Riband vocal prize (Y Rhuban Glas).

Aled has had considerable success at all of our major eisteddfodau including “International Singer of the Year” at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Aled has been very honoured over the last few years to sing with many outstanding performers including Gwyn Hughes Jones, Jonathan Lemalu, David Kempster and Shan Cothi and, of course, Rhys Meirion and Aled Hall.

One of the highlights must be performing the Pearl Fishers duet with Bryn Terfel at a special concert in Machynlleth in 2015.

Llio Evans, hails from the famous village on the island of Anglesey, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

With her sparkling vocal tone and charming stage presence, Llio particularly revels in coquettish and comic roles.

Recent highlights include Iris (Semele) for Garsington Opera, The Little One in the revival of Music Theatre Wales’ critically-acclaimed production of The Golden Dragon (Eötvös) and her English National Opera debut as Celia in Iolanthe.

In other news, the current hottest tickets in town are for a major concert to be staged at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on Saturday, May 19, 2018 (7pm).

An array of stars will perform a very special evening of song in celebration of Llanelli Rotary Club marking its landmark Centenary Year.

Llanelli Rotary Club president John (JC) Williams said: “We’ve had a great centenary year, with many special events to mark the occasion. This concert promises to be the grand finale for our 100 years, with a wonderful and very talented line-up for what should be a great charity fundraising concert for Llanelli.”

Shan Cothi, one of the country’s most popular sopranos, will be sharing the stage with two great Welsh international choral ambassadors – Côr Meibion Llanelli, under the baton of conductor D Eifion Thomas, and the Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, under the baton of conductor John Hywel Williams.

Joining them will be the delightful sounds of Cor Ysgol Goffa, an ensemble from Ysgol Y Strade under the baton of Catrin Hughes and the Lewis-Meredith sisters – Calley, Sarah and Steffi.

The event has two aims –

  • To help commemorate the centenary of Llanelli Rotary Club
  • To raise funds for the Green Light Postrate Cancer Machine at Prince Philip Hospital.

The concert is another event co-produced by Carmarthenshire Theatres and Loud Applause.

Cerith Owens, director of Loud Applause Productions, said: “We are honoured to have Shan Cothi taking part and two great choirs led by Mr D Eifion Thomas and John Hywel Williams, both of whom hold the prestigious Rotary award, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

“We will also be featuring the winners of the Llanelli Rotary Club Youg Musician of the Year competition.”

Looking further ahead, Côr Meibion Caerfyrddin Carmarthen Male Choir’s 60th anniversary concert will be held at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, on Saturday, October 13.

The choir will be joined on stage by four other choirs – Mynydd Mawr, Burry Port, Dyffryn Tywi and Dyffryn Aman.

This will create a combined choir of around 150 voices under the baton of Wyn Maskell, musical director of Côr Meibion Caerfyrddin.

Also taking part will be well known soloists: Jessica Robinson, soprano, and Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, tenor.

The MC for the evening will be television and radio personality Garry Owen.

Soprano Jessica Robinson is from Pembrokeshire and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class Honours Degree.

As a student at the RWCMD, Jessica studied with Beatrice Unsworth and Jeffrey Howard, winning the Aneurin Davies memorial award, The Mansel Thomas prize, The Margaret Tann Award and the Elias Soprano award.

Throughout her studies, Jessica has been fortunate to participate in master classes with artists such as Michael Pollock, Simon Lepper, Adrian Thompson, Simon Keenleyside, Donald Maxwell and John Fisher. Jessica was also chosen to sing as part of an octet for HRH the Prince of Wales.

Her singing life started at a young age as a competitor in local eisteddfodau in her home county of Pembrokeshire.

She went on to gain success nationally in the Urdd and the National Eisteddfodau.

Jessica has represented Pembrokeshire in the Young Farmers Eisteddfod winning the under 26 solo in 2008 and again in 2012. She was awarded Vocalist of the Year in the Pembrokeshire Chevron Music Awards and Musical Student of the Year in her secondary school, Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych.

as an oratorio and concert soloist, Jessica has performed in venues such as the Wales Millennium Stadium, The National Museum of Wales, Dorking Halls and The Dora Stoutzker Hall. She regularly appears in concerts all over the UK as guest artist with many of Wales’ most renowned Male Voice Choirs such as Blaenavon, Bridgend, South Wales and the London Welsh Male Voice choir. A personal highlight for Jessica was being asked to perform to the Welsh rugby team at the Welsh Assembly during the champagne reception celebrating their success in the Six Nations Championship and also alongside Paul Potts in a Charity concert for the Philippines disaster.

Recent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah ( Symffonia Tywi and The Mega Messiah), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Karl Jenkins’ Peace Makers and Joseph Parry’s Emmanuel (Côr Bro Ogwr). Jessica performed her first operatic role as the Spirit in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Purcell with ‘Opera’r Ddraig’, scene credits include Despina (Cosi fan Tutti), Violetta (La Traviata) and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro).

Jessica is an artist on the prestigious Live Music Now scheme and also performs regularly as an artist with Music in Hospitals.

Jessica performed in China in March as part of a Welsh Government Scheme; she toured around the country introducing Welsh music. Then toured with the Harry Ensemble as their soprano soloist around New York in May.

Welsh tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, who hails from Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire, is a popular concert soloist throughout Wales and further afield.

One of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation, he was named the Voice Of Wales by Decca Records in 2012 in an S4C TV series.

Trystan studied initially at University of Wales Trinity Saint David for a Theatre, Music and Media degree. He subsequently completed an MA degree in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and a further postgraduate degree in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has recently completed his studies as a Trainee at the National Opera Studio in London.

Prizes and awards include: Ian Stoutzker Prize 2014; Richard Van Allan Award 2014; Bruce Millar Gulliver Singing Prize 2014; RWCMD HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship 2013; Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year 2013; MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Prize 2012; Sybil Tutton Award 2012; London Welsh Young Singer of the Year Prize 2011; W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship 2011; Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize 2009.

Concert highlights include appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Hay-on-Wye Festival with Bryn Terfel, the Brynfest at the Southbank Centre, a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at St Martin-in-the- Fields and the Cardiff Music Festival.

He took the role of Carlos in a recording of Le Duc d’Albe with the Hallé Orchestra for Opera Rara and during summer 2015 received a scholarship to attend the Mozart Residency at Festival d’Aix-en- Provence.

Trystan made his first professional operatic début in the role of Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte on tour with Scottish Opera.

Finally, here’s another date for your diary for later in the year. The Annual Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert will be held at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, on October 27 (7pm).

This year, 2018, marks a significant year for our Armed Forces. It is the centenary of the end of The Great War (First World War) and also commemorates 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

The prestigious annual Royal British Legion Concert has become one of the landmark events in the calendar of South West Wales, providing a platform for the Royal British Legion to pay tribute to the fallen of current and past conflicts.

It also helps the British Legion launch the Poppy Appeal in South West Wales.

The concert features leading soprano and TV and radio personality Shân Cothi, one of Wales’s premier choirs in the form of Dunvant Male Choir, the highly popular Carmarthen-based mixed youth choir Côr Seingar, Swansea-based Dancerama performing arts group youth choir, the stirring sounds of the City of Swansea Pipe Band and the unforgettable Corps of Drums of the 215 City of Swansea Squadron.

The compére will be Brian Sullivan and the guest accompanist Jeffrey Howard.

The evening ends with the poignant Tribute to the Fallen and a Service of Remembrance.

The Royal British Legion is being supported with this event by Loud Applause Productions, the production company run by Llanelli’s Cerith Owens.

 

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant – www.rlloydpr.co.uk

If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email rlloydpr@btinternet.com

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The latest Phil Evans column

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. Website – www.philevans.co.uk

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STING’S IN THE TALE

I really shouldn’t sit in my armchair (I’m the only person in my road who owns a one-piece suite!) without a book, newspaper or TV remote control to help me pass the time.

Because, left to my own devices (apart from my TV remote control), I tend to drift off into ”Phil Evans World”, a place where weird thoughts and odd ideas lurk in the undergrowth.

During a recent visit there, it occurred to me that pop singer Sting’s interest in environmental issues needs closer scrutiny.

I’m not referring to the time he dragged a South American native from his rain forest home to even rainier Great Britain and then, after having ‘proved his point’ – whatever it was – casually dropped him off at the Aust Severn Bridge Services and drove away without leaving his contact number.

Left in just the thong he stood up in and not having a passport, the unfortunate ex-rain forest dweller was forced to work as a blowpipe carver in a Chepstow factory that exports the deadly weapons to Ecuador.

Thanks to the “Blue Planet 2”TV series and constant news reports about the plastic pollution of our oceans, in England they’re reintroducing the scheme where you pay a deposit on glass and plastic bottles. The deposit is refunded if you take them back to the place of purchase.

Sting telling us to respect the environment is all very well – until you remember one of his biggest hits advocates placing a piece of paper in a bottle and throwing it into the ocean – an act of blatant polluting if ever there was one.

Even worse, “Message In A Bottle” includes the line . . .

“100 billion bottles washed up on the shore!” as if it’s a good thing!

If Sir David Attenborough ever gets to hear it, it won’t just be the planet’s oceans that’ll be blue – the air will be too!

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PJ Paralysis – what’s all that about then?

While relaxing and having a nice cup of tea in a well-known Llanelli café last week, I overheard a conversation about a new move to help NHS patients keep mobile, therefore aiding their recovery.

Not that I was eavesdropping, I might add.

But the ladies in question were extremely vocal therefore picking up on their subject matter was clearly unavoidable.

Apparently, according to my reliable sources on the next table, Betty is doing well now though after her “little episode”. It’s all “his fault though”, apparently. But I digress . . .

So, apparently (‘apparently’ being my word of the week!), the longer you stay in hospital without moving around, the harder it is to get back on your feet.

Did you know that 10 days of bed rest for an elderly patient can age their muscles by 10 years?

In some cases, patients can no longer walk after prolonged bed rest. That’s a shocking statistic.

The NHS have now launched a drive to end a condition they call ‘Pyjama Paralysis’.

This will be the largest ever national campaign to get patients up, dressed in their own clothes and moving to boost their recovery.

What a great idea and something I am about to go and read more about.

I wonder if Betty is out of hospital and back home with “him” yet?

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