Plenty of TV star­dust in the air at char­ity con­cert Re­view

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

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!

Pic­ture: Gra­ham Har­ries Pho­tograhy

Cor Curiad in con­cert in Llanelli with spe­cial guest Sam Bai­ley.

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