Plenty of TV stardust in the air at charity concert Review
THERE was plenty of TV stardust in the air when the busy ladies of Côr Curiad Choir staged their annual charity fundraising concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on Saturday.
X Factor winner Sam Bailey and her band joined the choir for a show which served up emotional ballads, power anthems and some modern rock classics.
Sam Bailey rocked the house before joining the choir for an emotional encore which featured the Mike and the Mechanics classic The Living Years.
Two standing ovations spoke volumes for wonderfully choreographed evening’s entertainment.
It was all in aid of Marie Curie Cymru Wales, the cancer charity. In fact, Côr Curiad have already collected £18,000 for the charity during their current year-long fundraising campaign.
Côr Curiad set the mood for the evening with a dramatic entrance onto the stage to the backing of Shirley Bassey singing Let’s Get The Party Started.
It started, for sure, and it didn’t let up until a final curtain call, which included fireworks and exploding confetti!
Hats off to Côr Curiad musical director Alex Esney, who had drilled the choir through new songs and new arrangements during hours of rehearsals.
The hard work paid off handsomely, with highlights including O Gymru, Viva La Vida, Anthem, One Moment In Time and Super Trouper.
The evening also featured 18-year-old Ysgol y Strade pupil Martha Morgan, who delighted the audience with Someone You Loved, Supermarket Flowers and Defying Gravity. Soprano Angharad Elise Thomas, who runs her own drama company called The Hive in Llanelli, was the other soloist.
She was flawless on the Eva Cassidy classic Songbird and also included I Dreamed A Dream, and Gravity in her repertoire.
Martha and Anghard combined forces for a duet of Tell Him, a song made famous by Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. It was stirring stuff.
Special mention must go to accompanist Craig Oldham, drummer Ben Richards and guitarist Andy Murray, who provided super backing to the ladies.
The compere was TV and radio personality Kev Johns, who hosted the evening in his usual inimitable and professional style. In short, he was his usual one man riot of fun!
Cor Curiad in concert in Llanelli with special guest Sam Bailey.