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Carmarthen Journal - - What’s On | Television - With ROBERT LLOYD

THE busy ladies of Côr Curiad Choir in Llanelli are look­ing for­ward to an­other big year of char­ity fundrais­ing.

The choir’s main event this year will be on Satur­day, April 6, at Ffwrnes The­atre in Llanelli.

Their spe­cial guest will be TV star and X Fac­tor win­ner Sam Bai­ley and her band.

The evening will also fea­ture Ysgol y Strade pupil Martha Mor­gan and Ang­harad Elise Thomas, who runs her own drama com­pany called The Hive in Llanelli.

One of her ear­li­est suc­cess sto­ries was win­ning a Search For A Star tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion in Cray­ford Town Hall, Bex­ley, as a 16-year-old. She went on to at­tend Bex­ley Arts Col­lege and Dart­ford’s Miskin The­atre to fur­ther de­velop her tal­ent.

Be­fore she stole the hearts of the na­tion by win­ning the 10th series of X Fac­tor in 2013, Sam worked as a prison of­fi­cer at HMP Gartree, as well as per­form­ing on cruise ships, in clubs and at mu­sic fes­ti­vals for sev­eral years.

Fol­low­ing her tri­umph, her de­but sin­gle, Skyscraper, reached Christ­mas num­ber one and her de­but al­bum, The Power of Love, stormed to the top of the UK al­bum charts in 2014.

All pro­ceeds from the Llanelli Côr Curiad con­cert will go to Marie Curie Wales.

The com­pere will be TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Kev Johns. Tick­ets are £32 and £28.

Côr Curiad mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Alex Es­ney said: “It’s the first time Sam has per­formed in Llanelli, so we are very ex­cited.

“We are hop­ing to smash our char­ity fundrais­ing tar­get of £20,000 by the end of this year. We are also or­gan­is­ing a Hal­loween-themed ball for Marie Curie Wales, with the date and venue to be con­firmed.

“Our Christ­mas craft fayre at The Diplo­mat Ho­tel in Llanelli will be in Novem­ber, plus we have an Au­tumn Leaves ser­vice in Burry Port on De­cem­ber 5.

“Côr Curiad will be cel­e­brat­ing 25 years in 2020, so by pop­u­lar de­mand, we will be hav­ing an­other Côr Curiad Cal­en­der Girls cal­en­der ready for 2020!”

In Llandy­faelog, the ‘boys’ of Côr Meibion Dyf­fryn Tywi have been hatch­ing their plans for 2019.

Con­cert dates in­clude Fe­bru­ary 1, Llandy­bie Church; Oc­to­ber 12, An­nual con­cert at the Gwen­l­lian Cen­tre, Kid­welly. The choir will be joined by Mynydd Mawr Choir and guests Trio and Piantel, with com­pere Eirian Wyn; Novem­ber 17, Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­den of Wales, Lla­narthne.

In other news, The Min­ers’ The­atre in Am­man­ford will be stag­ing a St David’s Day Con­cert on Fri­day, March 1 (7pm).

The pop­u­lar Côr Meibion Dyf­fryn Amman will share the stage with three highly-tal­ented young mu­si­cians from the Am­man­ford area – clar­inet­tist Ca­trin Soons and the beau­ti­ful voices of Neve Sum­mers and Osian Clarke. The guest ac­com- panist will be Joseph Cavalli-Price. Ffwrnes The­atre in Llanelli al­ways stages a hugely pop­u­lar St David’s Day con­cert. This year it will be held on Satur­day, March 2.

The con­cert will fea­ture the world­fa­mous Mor­ris­ton Or­pheus Choir, con­ducted by Joy Amman Davies, and Côr Lleisiau’r Cwm, un­der the ba­ton of Llanelli’s Ca­trin Hughes.

Shar­ing the spot­light will be two highly tal­ented young singers from the Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars stable – mezzo so­prano Nikkila Thomas, from Llanelli, and tenor Osian Clarke, from Ty­croes.

Wednes­day, March 6 (7.30pm) will see the ap­pear­ance of Gruffydd Wyn at Ffwrnes The­atre, Llanelli.

Gruffydd has re­cently seen suc­cess as a fi­nal­ist on the tal­ent show Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, where he re­ceived Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer.

If your taste veers to pop and folk, then you will en­joy Bar­bara Dick­son in con­cert at The Lyric The­atre, Car­marthen, on Fri­day, March 8 (7.30pm).

Bar­bara will per­form a won­der­ful range of ma­te­rial, per­form­ing glob­ally-known hits such as The Car­a­van Song, An­other Suit­case in An­other Hall plus lots more.

The Lyric will also be the venue for one of the UK’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal the­atre con­cert tours – Be­yond the Bar­ri­cade (Satur­day, March 23, 7.30pm). The show fea­tures past prin­ci­pal per­form­ers from Les Mis­er­ables. The con­cert fea­tures David Fawcett (Val­jean) Andy Reiss (En­jol­ras and res­i­dent di­rec­tor for the na­tional tour of Les Mis­er­ables) Katie Leem­ing (Epo­nine) and Poppy Tier­ney (Cosette), to­gether with a live band which cap­tures the feel of the orig­i­nal or­ches­tra­tions of the cho­sen mu­si­cals.

Be­yond the Bar­ri­cade gives mu­si­cal the­atre songs a bold con­cert for­mat treat­ment – but with the con­vic­tion and in­ten­tion to de­liver the ma­te­rial as if the au­di­ence are watch­ing the orig­i­nal per­for­mance. This in­cred­i­ble con­cert is now in its 19th suc­ces­sive year.

April sees the spot­light fall on lo­cal the­atre group Cur­tain Up at Ffwrnes The­atre, Llanelli.

They will be per­form­ing Broad­way and Be­yond on Wednes­day and Thurs­day, April 3 and 4 (7pm start).

Broad­way and Be­yond will be an evening of mu­si­cal songs from the won­der­ful world of the stage and your favourite movie films – from La La Land, Les Mis­er­ables, Chess, Av­enue Q, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more.

Tick­ets will be £12 and in aid of Alzheimer’s.

April will also see per­for­mances of The Pas­sion Of The Christ, to be per­formed on Good Fri­day, April 19, and Easter Satur­day, April 20.

The ac­claimed voices of the Hy­wel Girls’ Choir and Hy­wel Boy Singers, An­geli­cus Celtis and friends will present The Pas­sion of The Christ, a blend of var­ied cho­ral and vo­cal works, blended with nar­ra­tion and the­atre to be held in South Wales over Easter week­end 2019. The Pas­sion will in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for solo singers, duet, trios, small group cho­rale and main choir and dif­fer­ent roles as­so­ci­ated with the life and cru­ci­fix­ion of Christ.

Au­di­tions for th­ese singing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be held in the Llanelli area dur­ing the week­end of Jan­uary 19.

Singing au­di­tions for will be open to the gen­eral pub­lic, both young and adult voices (so­prano, alto tenor, bass) and open to both cho­ris­ters of the Hy­wel choir and singers be­yond.

If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the au­di­tions for The Pas­sion of the Christ, please regis­ter your in­ter­est by con­tact­ing Jeremy Wil­liams at jere­my­[email protected]

■ Robert Lloyd works as a me­dia con­sul­tant – www.rl­loy­dpr.co.uk If you have any news about the cho­ral scene in Llanelli, please con­tact him on 07777 683637 or email rl­loy­[email protected] bt­in­ter­net.com

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