COR Meibion De Cymru (CMDC) will be stag­ing a Grand Con­cert in aid of Welsh Air Am­bu­lance at Ys­gol Bro Dine­fwr, Ffair­fach, Llan­deilo on Satur­day, April 6 (7.30pm).

The choir, un­der the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion of Elaine Robins and with piano ac­com­pa­ni­ment from Sian Davies, has built an en­vi­ous rep­u­ta­tion coun­try­wide for the qual­ity of their con­cert per­for­mances - as wit­nessed by three sell-out con­certs in Shrews­bury, Southamp­ton and New­bury this year.

Cho­ris­ters are drawn from all over south Wales and across the border, with sub-groups at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing one in Ffair­fach, Llan­deilo.

The guest artists will be the very pop­u­lar tenor Rhys Meirion and Bella Voce.

Rhys has, of course, re­ceived high ac­cla­ma­tion both as a soloist and as a mem­ber of the Three Welsh Tenors, and is also an Am­bas­sador for Welsh Air Am­bu­lance.

Bella Voce are a 16-strong Pem­brokeshire-based young ladies choir who en­thralled the au­di­ence as guest artists at the Welsh As­so­ci­a­tion of Male Voiced Choirs’ con­cert in the Royal Al­bert Hall last May.

In ad­di­tion, the con­cert will also fea­ture three very tal­ented young singers (Bethan, Ffion and Martha) from Ys­gol Bro Dine­fwr. They thrilled au­di­ences at the school’s re­cent pro­duc­tion of ‘Starlight Ex­press’.

Tick­ets (£15 each) can be pur­chased from ‘Pep­per­corn’ and ‘GT Lock­smiths’ in the main Llan­deilo car park, by phon­ing Tel. No. 01588 823355/ 0781637771­0 or at the door on the night.

Mean­while, the Llanelli-based the­atre group Cur­tain Up are cen­tre stage at Ffwrnes The­atre, Llanelli, to­day and to­mor­row.

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

Broad­way and Be­yond is billed as an evening of mu­si­cal songs from the won­der­ful world of the stage and favourite movie films – from La la land, Les Mis­er­ables, Chess, Av­enue Q, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more.

The show will be staged at the pop­u­lar and in­ti­mate Sti­w­dio Stepni at Ffwrnes.

Cur­tain Up de­serve every sup­port as all their pro­duc­tions are aimed at rais­ing money for dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of John-Paul Jones, they have a reg­u­lar cast who put their all into rais­ing money for good causes.

Broad­way and Be­yond will be in aid of Alzheimer’s and tick­ets are £12.

There will be more than a touch of TV star­dust when the busy ladies of Côr Curiad Choir in Llanelli stage their big con­cert on Satur­day.

X Fac­tor win­ner Sam Bai­ley and her band join the choir at Ffwrnes The­atre in Llanelli.

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.

Soloist Martha is just 18, while Ang­harad is build­ing her rep­u­ta­tion as a so­prano.

Also on stage with the choir will be ac­com­pa­nist Craig Old­ham, drum­mer Ben Richards and gui­tarist Andy Mur­ray.

The show starts at 7pm and there are a limited num­ber of tick­ets left.

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

The com­pere for the Marie Curie Wales con­cert will be TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity and ‘lo­cal hero’ Kev Johns. Tick­ets are £32 and £28.

In Llandy­sul on Satur­day, April 13, there is a big con­cert rais­ing funds for Can­cer Re­search UK at Ty­sul Hall (7pm).

It is the con­cert which was post­poned back in Oc­to­ber be­cause of wide­spread flood­ing in West Wales.

The con­cert fea­tures the world­fa­mous Tre­orchy Male Voice Choir, con­ducted by Jef­frey Howard.

The pres­i­dent for the evening in Llandy­sul is ‘lo­cal hero’ bari­tone Kees Huys­mans (Tre­groes Waf­fles).

The spe­cial guests for the evening will be Aled Ed­wards and Eleri Owen Ed­wards.

April is look­ing like a busy month for con­certs.

April 12 to 14 sees three ‘No­son Lawen’ style events staged at Llanelli Leisure Cen­tre.

The No­son Lawen on Fri­day, April 12 will fea­ture Côr Meibion Pon­tard­du­lais and Côr Ys­gol Gyn­radd Gym­raeg Ll­wyn­derw.

Also on the bill will be Rhys ap William, Huw Chiswell, Phylip Har­ries, Ang­harad Brinn, Sian Richards and Pwdin Reis.

Satur­day, April 13, sees Côr Ys­gol Gym­raeg Llan­gen­nech take to the stage along­side Côr y Sgar­lets.

Mezzo so­prano Eirly My­fanwy Davies will be a star at­trac­tion and the bill also in­cludes the leg­endary Dafydd Iwan, Owain Wil­liams, Lewis Richards and Gareth Jones - and Rho­dri Thomas.

Sun­day, April 14, will fea­ture a per­for­mance by Theatr Ieuenc­tid Men­ter Cwm Gwendraeth Elli the­atre group. Also on the bill are Marc Grif­fiths, Gwenda a Geinor, Y Brodyr Gre­gory, Elin Wyn Mur­phy, Bal­dande, Har­moni, Ep­sie Thomp­son and Osian Clarke. Tick­ets are £5 and are avail­able by ring­ing Elin Davies at Men­ter Cwm, Gwendraeth Elli on 01269 871600.

Fur­ther west, in Whit­land, the ‘boys’ of the town’s male choir are get­ting ready for a con­cert at Ys­gol Dyf­fryn Taf on Fri­day, April 26 (7.30pm).

The Whit­land and Dis­trict Male Choir will take the stage with spe­cial guests Good­wick Brass Band and Parti Har­moni.

The com­pere will be Huw Ge­orge and the pres­i­dent for the evening will be Arthur Bates. Tick­ets are £10 and avail­able from choir mem­bers.

On the same night as the big Sam Bai­ley Cor Curiad con­cert in Ffwrnes on Satur­day, April 6, the smaller Sti­w­dio Stepni will be host­ing mu­sic with a dif­fer­ence.

Ty­hai are de­scribed as an Indo Celtic Trio and pro­vide a mes­meris­ing fu­sion of Celtic and In­dian mu­sic. The mu­si­cians fea­ture lyri­cal In­dian singer Ra­jesh David, the vir­tu­oso gui­tar play­ing of Dy­lan Fowler and Pete Stacey’s sub­lime so­prano sax­o­phone and alto flute. The per­for­mance is part of a se­ries of con­certs to mark the launch of their long-awaited in­au­gu­ral CD.

If rock mu­sic is more your scene, then Alun Rees at Cadno Mu­sic Live presents an­other event con­sist­ing of rock bands from the south Wales area at Ffwrnes on April 13 (8pm).

The Welsh lan­guage is in the spot­light on May 8 at Ffwrnes.

Lleuwen will be play­ing Ffwrnes as part of a four-date the­atre tour of Wales.

■ If you have news about the choral scene in Llanelli, email [email protected]­line.co.uk or rl­loy­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

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