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Llanelli Star - - WHAT’S ON TELEVISION - With ROBERT LLOYD

THERE’S an evening of Brahms – with a dif­fer­ence – com­ing up in Llanelli.

Llanelli Dis­trict Mu­sic and Drama Club are stag­ing Oys­ters at Llan­gen­nech Com­mu­nity Hall (7.30pm) on Fri­day, June 7.

Oys­ters is an unusual mix­ture of a play and con­cert mu­sic.

Anne-Marie Marks, sec­re­tary of the mu­sic and drama club, de­scribes Oys­ters as “a dark com­edy shining a pow­er­ful spot­light on com­poser Jo­hannes Brahms – at the party cel­e­brat­ing the first per­for­mance of his Vi­o­lin Con­certo.”

The piece will be per­formed by the dis­tin­guished ac­tors Neil Sal­vage, Na­tional The­atre, and Ni­cholas Col­lett, Royal Shake­speare Com­pany.

It will uniquely in­te­grate pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians, whose play­ing will un­der­pin and oc­ca­sion­ally com­ment on the ac­tion.

Act 1 is the play it­self. Act 2 is a per­for­mance of the mu­sic that in­spired the play, en­abling the au­di­ence to ex­pe­ri­ence Brahms’ ge­nius through the fu­sion of mu­sic and drama.

Jo­hannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a Ger­man com­poser, pian­ist, and con­duc­tor of the Ro­man­tic pe­riod. Born in Ham­burg into a Lutheran fam­ily, Brahms spent much of his pro­fes­sional life in Vi­enna, Aus­tria. His rep­u­ta­tion and status as a com­poser are such that he is some­times grouped with Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the ‘Three Bs’ of mu­sic.

Brahms com­posed for sym­phony orches­tra, cham­ber en­sem­bles, piano, or­gan, and voice and cho­rus. A vir­tu­oso pian­ist, he pre­miered many of his own works. He worked with some of the lead­ing per­form­ers of his time, in­clud­ing the pian­ist Clara Schu­mann and the vi­o­lin­ist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends).

Many of his works have be­come sta­ples of the mod­ern con­cert reper­toire. An un­com­pro­mis­ing per­fec­tion­ist, Brahms destroyed some of his works and left others un­pub­lished.

Tick­ets for Oys­ters are £10. Stu­dents £5. They can be pur­chased from Bar­rie Lewis, Mar­ket Precinct, or by ring­ing 01554-772594.

Llan­gen­nech will play host to an­other big event the same week­end.

A Cy­manfa Ganu is be­ing held by the union of churches, Eglwysi Un­de­bol Llan­gen­nech, at Salem Chapel, Llan­gen­nech, on Sun­day, June 9.

The guest con­duc­tor for this year’s Gy­manfa is Trys­tan Lewis and the or­gan­ists are Ian Lewis and Al­lan Few­ster.

The af­ter­noon ser­vice will be at 2.30 and the evening will be at 6.00.

Lat­est news from Llandy­bie Male Voice Choir is that the cho­ris­ters will be hold­ing their An­nual Con­cert on Fri­day, June 21, at 7pm in Llandy­bie Me­mo­rial Hall, with the help of Cor Meibion Dine­fwr and artists Gareth James (Bari­tone) and a young lo­cal girl Cerys Tom­ma­son-James.

Ad­mis­sion will £10 by pro­gramme and can be ob­tained from cho­ris­ters or at the door.

There’s a big con­cert com­ing up at The Lyric in Car­marthen next month.

A Choired Taste will be mark­ing their fifth an­niver­sary with a con­cert fea­tur­ing guest stars Only Men Aloud.

It is at The Lyric at 7.30pm on Fri­day, June 28. Tick­ets are go­ing fast.

Burry Port Town Band will stage an evening of ‘Mu­sic from the Stage and Shows!’ at the Me­mo­rial Hall on Satur­day, July 20, 7pm.

The con­cert will fea­ture the Se­nior Band, the ever-grow­ing Ju­nior Band and a very spe­cial guest artist, Sa­muel Wyn-Mor­ris.

The Gwyl Cerdd Dant Cymru this year is be­ing held in Llanelli.

Fundrais­ing is gath­er­ing speed to en­sure its success. Re­cent weeks saw a three-night se­ries of No­son Lawen events at Llanelli Leisure Centre.

The chair of the Gwyl Cerdd Dant Llanelli a’r Cylch is Ca­trin Hughes, who is also a mu­sic ad­vi­sor and trus­tee of the Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars (LARS) char­ity.

In sup­port of their fundrais­ing, LARS is or­gan­is­ing a big Gala Con­cert at Llanelli’s Green­field Bap­tist Church on Fri­day, July 12.

The evening of­fers a feast of choral mu­sic and there will be four choirs -

Côr Lleisiau’r Cwm and Har­moni, both un­der the ba­ton of Ca­trin Hughes, Côr Meibion Llanelli and Côr Ys­gol Dewi Sant.

The con­cert will fea­ture some ex­cel­lent young soloists, in­clud­ing award-win­ning tenor Osian Bowen from Burry Port, now study­ing at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff.

Also on stage will be five singers from LARS – mezzo so­prano Nikkila Thomas, who is at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and Ys­gol Y Strade pupils Lau­ren Fisher, James Oak­ley, Daisy Owens and Jack Owens. They will be ac­com­pa­nied by Ca­trin Hughes and An­drew Pike.

The or­gan­iser are an­tic­i­pat­ing a big de­mand for tick­ets, which are avail­able from choir mem­bers, Cadno Mu­sic in John Street, Llanelli, or by con­tact­ing tick­[email protected]­plauseris­ingstars.co.uk or Cerith Owens 07854 303918.

In other news, Bridget Radford’s two choirs, Lleisiau Hardd and Lleisiau Hardd Bach, will be stag­ing their an­nual con­cert at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Fri­day, July 12, 7.30pm. Tick­ets are £10 and avail­able from cho­ris­ters.

The cho­ris­ters from Llandy­fael­ogb as edCôrMeib ion Dy f fry nTywi are get­ting ready for their an­nual con­cert.

It will be at the Princess Gwen­l­lian Centre in Kid­welly on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 7pm.

The choir will be joined by Gwen­draeth Val­ley’s Côr Meibion Mynydd Mawr.

The evening will also fea­ture spe­cial guests Pan­tel and Trio.

Trio are a male vo­cal group from Snow­do­nia - formed by renowned pian­ist/ac­com­pa­nist An­nette Bryn Parri in 2012. The group gave its first pub­lic per­for­mance at Galeru Caernar­fon in June 2013. The stand­ing ova­tion at Ga­leri led, not only to a num­ber of con­certs in 2013 and 2014, but also to the re­lease of the group’s first CD in Au­gust 2014.

Their songs are of­ten heard on Ra­dio Cymru pro­grammes.

They made their TV de­but at the Na­tional Eisteddfod of Wales in Den­bigh (2013).

The No­son Lawen (S4C) pro­gramme in which they ap­peared was ded­i­cated to Ho­gia’r Wy­ddfa, one of Wales’ most pop­u­lar groups, a group that cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary in 2013.

Since then, Trio have ap­peared on Pnawn Da (S4C) and Heno (S4C). Trio are Emyr Wyn Gib­son, Bed­wyr Gwyn Parri and St­ef­fan LLoyd Owen. If you have news about the choral or con­cert scene in Llanelli, email robert. [email protected] waleson­line. co.uk or rl­loy­[email protected]

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