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.