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Llanelli Star - - What’s On Television - With ROBERT LLOYD

THERE’S a very spe­cial com­mu­nity Christ­mas con­cert tak­ing place in Car­marthen this week­end to raise funds for St Peter’s Church in the town. The Friends of St Peter’s Church are hold­ing the Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Con­cert on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, at 6pm.

Its main aim is to bring peo­ple to­gether as a com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate Christ­mas – and to raise much­needed funds for St Peter’s Church as it faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

The tal­ented Car­marthen Sym­phonic Wind Band will be the main per­form­ers.

They will be joined by pupils from QE High School, Ys­gol Gy­fun Gym­raeg Bro Myrd­din and St Peter’s Church Choir.

Tick­ets are £5 per adult, with un­der 16s free, mak­ing it an af­ford­able fam­ily con­cert.

A warm wel­come and a mince pie awaits if you are able to at­tend.

Mean­while, it’s a very busy time for the young cho­ris­ters from the Llanelli-based Hy­wel Girls’ Choir and Hy­wel Boy Singers – and the singing group An­geli­cus Celtis.

Fresh from per­for­mances in Manch­ester Cathe­dral and St Cather­ine’s Church, Gor­seinon, they are set to bring their own style of ‘Christ­mas Sparkle’ to West Wales.

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, they will be stag­ing Christ­mas Fan­ta­sia at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes The­atre (cur­tain up at 7pm).

The Christ­mas Fan­ta­sia will cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary of the Hy­wel Girls’ Choir and Hy­wel Boy Singers.

The Hy­wel Girls’ Choir and Hy­wel Boy Singers will be joined by An­geli­cus Celtis, stars of ITV’s Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, the sym­phonic sounds of the British Sin­foni­etta Or­ches­tra, or­gan­ist Huw Tregelles Wil­liams, pi­anist Jane Jew­ell, per­cus­sion­ist Gareth Ham­lin and nar­ra­tor Jeremy Hy­wel.

Tick­ets are £20 and are avail­able from 07795 236807 and the doors open 6.15pm.

This week­end also sees a spe­cial even­ing of Christ­mas mu­sic at The Min­ers’ The­atre in Am­man­ford. Sea­sonal mu­sic and light-hearted fun are guar­an­teed at the De­cem­ber 15 con­cert in the cosy and in­ti­mate sur­round­ings of The Min­ers’ The­atre.

The even­ing will be con­ducted and in­tro­duced by Welsh TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Al­wyn Humphreys and is billed as Christ­mas By Can­dle­light and will fea­ture the Cham­ber Or­ches­tra of Wales.

Later this month, there’s a spe­cial con­cert com­ing up to raise funds for Burry Port Lifeboat Sta­tion.

The con­cert will fea­ture ac­claimed so­prano Elin Mana­han Thomas, Gary Grif­fiths and Osian Wyn Bowen. It is be­ing held at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22 (7pm).

Tick­ets for the Burry Port con­cert are £15 and are avail­able from Cadno Travel or from the fol­low­ing phone num­bers – 0779541541­1 and 0790089315­0.

Elin Mana­han Thomas is one of the most ex­cep­tional so­pra­nos of her gen­er­a­tion. Since re­leas­ing her début al­bum ‘Eter­nal Light’ in 2007, with the Or­ches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment, she has per­formed at many of the world’s most pres­ti­gious venues and fes­ti­vals, and with lead­ing or­ches­tras and con­duc­tors.

In May 2018 she was hon­oured to per­form at the Royal Wed­ding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Bari­tone Gary Grif­fiths is a Burry Port boy. He made his Royal Opera House stage de­but in 2017 singing the role of Solanio in Keith Warner’s WNO pro­duc­tion of The Mer­chant of Venice. He also made his Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) de­but in con­cert, singing Arthus in Le Rois Arthus.

Win­ner of the Welsh Singers Com­pe­ti­tion in 2012, Gary was a fi­nal­ist rep­re­sent­ing Wales in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He stud­ied at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama where, in 2009, he won the pres­ti­gious Gold Medal Com­pe­ti­tion.

A com­mit­ted recital­ist, ap­pear­ances in­clude the Ox­ford Lieder Fes­ti­val with Joan Rodgers and Sholto Kynoch in a recital of Rus­sian Song, the Cow­bridge Mu­sic Fes­ti­val with Joseph Mid­dle­ton, King’s Place with Iain Burn­side, the Lud­low English Song Week­end with Si­mon Lep­per and the Wig­more Hall with Mal­colm Mar­tineau.

Tenor Osian Wyn Bowen is also a Burry Port boy. Osian is an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent, study­ing un­der the tute­lage of renowned Tenor, Adrian Thomp­son at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama in Cardiff.

Osian has al­ready per­formed in con­cert with Sir Bryn Ter­fel, so­prano Re­becca Evans and tenors Aled Hall and Rhys Meirion.

Re­cent high­lights in­clude per­form­ing as part of trio in a live broad­cast on BBC1 to mark the Pass­chen­daele Cen­te­nary at Tyne Cot Ceme­tery in Bel­gium. The trib­ute to Welsh poet Hedd Wyn was per­formed in the pres­ence of mem­bers Royal Fam­ily and Eu­ro­pean Min­is­ters.

In other con­cert news, here are a few of the events com­ing up in the next few weeks –

■ Llandy­bie Male Voice Choir and Dine­fwr Choir are pre­sent­ing an even­ing of Carols and Read­ings on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 (7pm) at Llandy­bie Parish Church. En­try is free, but a col­lec­tion will be made at the end. By the way, Llandy­bie Male Voice Choir are in need of a Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor. Any­one who can help is asked to email Howard Beynon how­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

■ On Satur­day De­cem­ber 15, Cor Merched Ty­bie will be hold­ing their Christ­mas con­cert at Llandy­bie Rugby Club from 7pm.

■ To­mor­row, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, sees The Phil Har­mon­ics per­form at The Waun Wyllt Inn in Five Roads.

■ Llandy­faelog-based Côr Meibion Dyf­fryn Tywi are look­ing for­ward to their Christ­mas events. They in­clude - Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, Towy Cas­tle, 6.30pm. Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18, Red Lion, Llandy­faelog, 7pm. Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20, Gw­ern­ll­wyn Care Home, 6.30pm.

■ Cr­w­bin Sil­ver Band Christ­mas Con­cert will be at Pon­ty­berem Hall on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 (7pm). The con­cert will also fea­ture Ys­gol Maes y Gwen­draeth choir and wind band. Tick­ets are £8 (chil­dren £5) and will be avail­able at the door or from band mem­bers.

■ The West End At Christ­mas will be at The Lyric The­atre in Car­marthen on De­cem­ber 18.

■The Kid­welly Fes­ti­val Ladies Choir will be per­form­ing at a Grand Christ­mas Con­cert and Vin­tage Fash­ion Show at Car­marthen Mu­seum, Aberg­wili, on De­cem­ber 15 (6pm). Tick­ets are £10 adults and £5 chil­dren.

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 rl­loy­[email protected] bt­in­ter­net.com

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