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IT’S go­ing to be the Sam and Sam Show at Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli in Oc­to­ber.

Llaneli-born West End star Sa­man­tha Thomas is the lat­est guest signed up for the Night With The Stars gala con­cert on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12 (7pm).

The for­mer Coed­cae Com­pre­hen­sive School pupil will be join­ing another ris­ing star in the shape of Sam Mor­ris, who is go­ing to host the show.

It’s some­thing of a coup for con­cert pro­moter Cerith Owens, as Sa­man­tha hasn’t per­formed on home ter­ri­tory for some time.

These days, she is busy fea­tur­ing in the hit West End mu­si­cal Wicked.

“It’s go­ing to be great to get Sa­man­tha staring on her home town stage at Ffwrnes,” said Mr Owens.

“Sa­man­tha is a grad­u­ate of the Guild­ford School of Act­ing, as is Sa­muel Mor­ris.

“Get­ting them both on the same con­cert plat­form is go­ing to make it a great oc­ca­sion – the two Sams, both young lo­cal heroes and tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als who are mak­ing their mark in the world of mu­si­cal theatre.

Sa­man­tha Thomas grad­u­ated with a first class BA (Hons) in Mu­si­cal Theatre from the Guild­ford School of Act­ing.

Her theatre roles in­clude - swing and un­der­study Cosette in Les Mis­er­ables (Queen’s); featured en­sem­ble in Fol­lies (Yvonne Ar­naud Theatre); back­ing singer and dancer in God­spell in Con­cert – The UK Tour 2015 (G Live); featured en­sem­ble in Patag­o­nia (Na­tional Youth Theatre of Wales) and Lady Mac­duff in Mac­beth (Lyric Theatre).

Sa­man­tha has also per­formed at the Olivier Awards 2016 and the What­sOnS­tage Awards 2016 (Prince of Wales).

Sa­muel Mor­ris is a for­mer head boy of Ys­gol y Strade School in Llanelli.

In 2017, Sam grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Guild­ford School of Act­ing with a first class BA (Hons) de­gree in Mu­si­cal Theatre.

Since then Sam has con­tin­ued to per­form and he made his pro­fes­sional de­but at The Old Vic at the be­gin­ning of 2018.

Sam was the first mem­ber of Llanelli-based Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars (LARS), a group founded by con­cert pro­moter Cerith Owens with the idea of men­tor­ing and en­cour­ag­ing tal­ented ‘stars of the fu­ture’ in Wales.

In Oc­to­ber 2018, Sam, along with other mem­bers of LARS, was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Wales at the Lib­er­a­tion Cel­e­bra­tory week­end in S’Her­to­gen­bosch, Nether­lands, where he per­formed at the pres­ti­gious Lib­er­a­tion Con­cert to great ac­claim and at the 53rd Welsh Di­vi­sion Me­mo­rial Ser­vice.

The Night With The Stars con­cert will also fea­ture other tal­ented mem­bers of the Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars (LARS) sta­ble.

Spe­cial guests will be the very pop­u­lar Ken­fig Hill and Dis­trict Male Voice Choir, a group of young stu­dents from the Royal Welsh Mu­sic and Drama called Melo­dy­namic, fronted by LARS mem­ber Cal­lum How­ells, and the Halfway Pri­mary School Choir.

Sup­port­ing ac­com­pa­nists will in­clude Ca­trin Hughes and An­drew Pike.

In other news on the LARS front, Daisy Owens was the recipient of the 2019 St Elli Ma­sonic Lodge Mu­sic Bur­sary.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was made by the Ma­sonic Lodge at their an­nual Sun­day Lunch event at Stradey Park Ho­tel.

Daisy is in the first year of her GCSEs in Ys­gol Gy­fun y Strade.

She has al­ready achieved a great deal on the road to ful­fill­ing her am­bi­tion to be a pro­fes­sional singer.

One of the new­est mem­bers of LARS, she has per­formed in the Wales Mil­len­nium Cen­tre as a mem­ber of the Chil­dren’s Cho­rus in a Disney pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing the renowned ac­tor Brian Blessed, and she was given the solo part in a Welsh Mu­sic Theatre Con­cert in the Lyric Theatre Car­marthen.

She has also reached Grade 5 in her Duets Grade Ex­ams, the high­est level in that cat­e­gory. Her duet­ing part­ner was her older brother Jack!

She has gained a dis­tinc­tion in her Grade 8 Mu­si­cal Theatre Singing Exam and is now work­ing to­wards her di­ploma.

She has been in­volved with SA15 Stage School and ap­peared in many of their pro­duc­tions.

Since join­ing LARS, she has per­formed in Stradey Cas­tle, Llanelly House and Machynys Golf Club, as well as in the pres­ti­gious Night of the Stars con­cert in Ffwrnes.

In Car­marthen later this month there is a big con­cert com­ing at The Lyric.

A Choired Taste is the choir led by Sarah Thomas (Sarah Kirby) and they 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.

Only Men Aloud have been de­light­ing au­di­ences around the world for more than 15 years.

They were formed in the year 2000, with the hope they could in­ject some new life and blood into the Welsh Male Choir tra­di­tion.

The men have be­come well known for their strong vo­cals and their var­ied and eclec­tic reper­toire.

The Llanelli Dis­trict Mu­sic and Drama Club’s fi­nal event for this sea­son will fea­ture The Welsh Cham­ber Orches­tra.

They will be per­form­ing for the first time in Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, on June 25, 7.30pm

Tick­ets £12; Stu­dents £5 are avail­able from the theatre.

All of the mu­sic played by the WCO will be by composers from the west who have in­cor­po­rated themes from the east over a pe­riod of 350 years, in­clud­ing Han­del, Lully, Mozart, Beethoven and Weber. The mu­sic of Wales is of im­mense im­por­tance to the WCO. It com­mis­sions a new work ev­ery year to play along­side reper­toire works in its con­certs.

A newly com­mis­sioned work by Welsh com­poser Nathan James Dear­den in­spired by Ja­panese folk­lore will be featured. This will resonate deeply in Wales, as both coun­tries share a pro­found re­spect for their an­cient lan­guages and cul­tures.

The bari­tone soloist in the work will be Jeremy Huw Wil­liams who is renowned for his affin­ity with the mu­sic of to­day.

The orches­tra’s leader David Ju­ritz (the long­est-serv­ing leader of the London Mozart Play­ers be­tween 1991 and 2010) will play Mozart’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo No.5.

The con­duc­tor for the con­cert is An­thony Hose (who has con­ducted 35 dif­fer­ent op­eras for WNO).

The com­poser Nathan James Dear­den will give a pre-per­for­mance talk on the day of the con­cert.

The pro­gramme in­cludes - Over­ture “Gi­ulio Ce­sare in Egitto”, Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del; Vi­o­lin Con­certo No. 5 in A ma­jor, K. 219 (The Turkish), Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart and Over­ture: “Oberon”, Carl Maria von Weber.

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.

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 Mor­ris.

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.

If you have news about the choral or con­cert scene in Llanelli, email [email protected]­line.co.uk or rl­loy­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

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