THERE is an op­por­tu­nity to hear Men­delssohn’s Eli­jah com­ing up in May.

Côr Glan­du­lais, Pon­tard­du­lais, will be stag­ing the or­a­to­rio at Siloh Chapel on Satur­day, May 18 (7pm).

The per­for­mance will also fea­ture Llan­gen­nech Pri­mary School Choir and Mold and Dis­trict Mixed Choir.

Guest soloists will be Gail Pear­son, so­prano, Su­san Thomson, con­tralto, Richard Allen, tenor, and Gary Grif­fiths, bass.

The guest or­gan­ist will be Huw Tregelles Wil­liams OBE and the con­duc­tor will be Alun Tregelles Wil­liams..

Tick­ets, start­ing at £10, are avail­able from Côr Glan­du­lais mem­bers and Mrs Mar­garet Thomas, 01792 883117.

Writ­ten by Felix Men­delssohn, Eli­jah pre­miered in 1846 at the Birm­ing­ham Fes­ti­val. It de­picts events in the life of the Bib­li­cal prophet Eli­jah, taken from the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Tes­ta­ment.

May will also see a new Welsh ver­sion of Beethoven’s only opera Fide­lio.

‘OPRA Cymru’ will be stag­ing Fide­lio at the Lyric The­atre, Car­marthen on Tues­day, May 7 (7.30pm).

Fide­lio is the in­spir­ing story of the brav­ery of a woman who res­cues her hus­band from po­lit­i­cal ex­e­cu­tion.

The opera is told through the words of Mererid Hop­wood, the first woman to win the Bard’s Chair at the Welsh Na­tional Eisteddfod.

To­day (Wed­nes­day), in Llanelli, there is a chance to take part in Con­certs and Cakes at Ffwrnes The­atre (1pm).

Con­certs and Cakes is an ini­tia­tive to bring peo­ple to­gether reg­u­larly to pro­vide a fo­rum for the shar­ing of high qual­ity live mu­sic.

Each ses­sion is de­liv­ered in cabaret style and be­gins with an in­for­mal par­tic­i­pa­tory mu­sic ses­sion led by Live Mu­sic Now mu­si­cians, fol­lowed by tea and cakes.

Live Mu­sic Now is the UK’s lead­ing mu­si­cians’ de­vel­op­ment and out­reach char­ity.

They pro­vide ex­cep­tional live mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ences to peo­ple with lim­ited ac­cess to the arts, due to dis­abil­ity, ill­ness or so­cial dis­ad­van­tage.

Par­tic­i­pants ben­e­fit from the amaz­ing ther­a­peu­tic, so­cial and emo­tional ben­e­fits of en­gag­ing with live mu­sic - an ex­pe­ri­ence that trans­forms and en­riches lives.

You can find out more about Live Mu­sic Now on their web­site - www. live­mu­sic­now.org.uk

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

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her most re­cent al­bum Gwn Glan Beibl Budr, Lleuwen will be play­ing Ffwrnes as part of a four-date the­atre tour of Wales.

Per­form­ing live with the band, this is an un­miss­able op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness a per­for­mance of this pow­er­ful and mov­ing al­bum.

It is an al­bum of raw, rooted and ra­di­ant mu­sic.

Twist­ing an­cient hymns to her own com­po­si­tions, Gwn Glân Beibl Budr (Clean Gun Dirty Bi­ble) takes the Welsh hymn book and throws it into the Age of Mis­in­for­ma­tion.

Live, raw and of­ten im­pro­vised, Lleuwen brought an ex­tremely var­ied mix of mu­si­cians to­gether to cre­ate her most rooted and ex­per­i­men­tal al­bum to date.

Mu­si­cally and lyri­cally, Gwn Glân Beibl Budr ex­plores po­lar op­po­sites: ad­dic­tion and spir­i­tu­al­ity; vi­o­lent gui­tar strum­ming with an­gelic vo­cals; dis­con­nec­tion in the era of con­nec­tiv­ity; his­tor­i­cal am­ne­sia.

Crash­ing drums play the role of a beast of prey with the harp play­ing the role of a young seedling.

There are songs about ur­ban­ism and shrink­ing ru­ral ar­eas; road traf­fic, phone traf­fic, mind traf­fic.

Later in May we see Athena, St­ef­fan Rhys Hughes and the choir from Ys­gol y Strade in Llanelli per­form at Ffwrnes (May 24).

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of their re­cent new record­ings, St­ef­fan and Athena will take to the­atre stage to per­form songs fea­tured on their brand new re­leases – rang­ing from pop­u­lar clas­si­cal pieces to con­tem­po­rary melodies and pop­u­lar Welsh favourites.

Athena, Wales’s first fe­male clas­si­cal cross­over trio, features three sought-af­ter Welsh artists, Gwawr Ed­wards, Sioned Terry and Ellen Wil­liams.

Athena has per­formed in har­mo­nious union all over the UK at events rang­ing from a pres­ti­gious awards din­ner for the Wales Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion at Hen­sol Cas­tle, to per­for­mances at con­cert venues in London and most re­cently at The Wil­liam As­ton Hall in Wrex­ham along­side the renowned Fron male voice choir.

Their de­but al­bum, ‘En­core’, was re­leased at the end of 2018, mark­ing their first year to­gether as Athena.

TV ap­pear­ances on S4C in­clude No­son Lawen and Heno.

St­ef­fan re­leased his de­but al­bum, Cana o dy Ga­lon, at the age of 12, fea­tured on the Christ­mas Spirit al­bum with the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra of Wales, and duet­ted with Katherine Jenk­ins for her sixth stu­dio al­bum Sa­cred Arias which reached no. 5 in the UK al­bum charts.

St­ef­fan is one of the eight mem­bers of Clas­si­cal Brit Award-win­ning vo­cal group Only Men Aloud who were crowned the BBC’s Last Choir Stand­ing.

As well as tour­ing the UK, his high­lights in­clude per­form­ing in Mum­bai, In­dia, a sum­mer tour with the Bri­tish Proms and en­ter­tain­ing the crowds at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff dur­ing the Six Na­tions se­ries.

St­ef­fan re­leased his ea­gerly awaited sec­ond al­bum in Novem­ber 2018 – a self-ti­tled eclec­tic mix of Welsh and English songs, in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal track by him­self and a new song writ­ten by Caryl Parry Jones.

Styles in­clude folk, mu­si­cal the­atre, clas­si­cal-cross­over and gospel.

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.

The news from Burry Port is that a date has been set for Burry Port Male Voice Choir’s an­nual con­cert.

It will be at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 21 (7pm).

Burry Port Town Band also have some dates for the di­ary -

Satur­day May 18, Bri­tish Open Se­nior Tro­phy, Win­ter Gar­dens, Black­pool;

Satur­day July 20, BPTB An­nual Sum­mer Con­cert, Memo­rial Hall,

Burry Port

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