On song


CUE drum roll for a big con­cert com­ing up at The Lyric in Car­marthen on Fri­day night.

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

Cur­tain up is at 7.30pm on Fri­day and there are only a hand­ful of tick­ets re­main­ing.

A Choired Taste is an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity choir for ladies with an age range of 16 to 80.

The choir was formed in Septem­ber, 2014, by Sarah Kirby (Sarah Thomas) to en­able ladies to come and sing for plea­sure and meet new peo­ple.

Sarah said: “The ben­e­fits of singing are well known and all of our mem­bers have felt this in one way or an­other.

“Since its for­ma­tion, the mem­ber­ship has grown from 40 mem­bers to more than 100.

“We have a wide reper­toire and we have per­formed at var­i­ous func­tions and con­certs for the fol­low­ing - Car­marthen Jour­nal Com­mu­nity Awards, In­ner Wheel Cof­fee Morn­ings, CAOS (Car­marthen Am­a­teur Oper­atic So­ci­ety), Car­marthen­shire Fed­er­a­tion of WI’s, Burry Port Brass Band, Côr Meibion Caerfyrd­din, Mei­drim Chapel and Cartref Cynnes.

“A high­light of 2018 was when mem­bers of the choir joined CAOS as the Nun’s Cho­rus in their very suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion of Sis­ter Act.

“We are a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and as such rely on mem­ber­ship to pay for re­hearsal space and the gen­eral run­ning of the choir.

“We have held fund-rais­ing events for lo­cal char­i­ties, in­clud­ing a Craft Fayre and Con­cert, where we raised £1500 for the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit in Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal and Alzheimer’s.

“We have pre­vi­ously do­nated money to the Breast Can­cer Unit at Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal, Menin­gi­tis Now, Break­thro’ Car­marthen, Macmil­lan Nurses and Canol­fan Elfed and Myrd­din Spe­cial Units. In 2016 and 2018, mem­bers took part in the Llanelli Race for Life.

Sarah is As­sis­tant Head of Mu­sic at Queen El­iz­a­beth High School.

In her ‘spare’ time, Sarah also runs a pi­ano school called ‘Kirby’s Keys’, teach­ing more than 50 pri­mary and sec­ondary school pupils each week.

In 2016, Sarah was pre­sented with a BBC Mu­sic Hero Award.

Sarah and her hus­band Gareth were re­cently pre­sented with a spe­cial Com­mu­nity Award by the Mayor of Car­marthen, in recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic-mak­ing and char­ity work. Sarah has been in­volved in a count­less num­ber of shows since she was 15, both in the ‘pit’ and on stage.

Reg­u­lar the­atre-go­ers in Car­marthen will re­mem­ber her por­trayal of ‘ Mother Su­pe­rior’ in the CAOS pro­duc­tion of Sis­ter Act.

Guest stars Only Men Aloud need lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion as they have been de­light­ing au­di­ences around the world for more than 18 years.

They were formed in 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.

A typ­i­cal OMA con­cert will fea­ture many dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic - Welsh hymns and folk songs, Opera and Mu­si­cal The­atre, all the way to Swing and Pop.

Other guests on the bill on Fri­day night in­clude Nansi Wil­liams and El­lis Thomas.

Nansi is just five, is from Car­marthen and is a pupil in the Re­cep­tion class at Ys­gol y Dder­wen.

Nansi en­joys singing and mu­sic and re­cently com­peted at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff in the cerdd dant solo com­pe­ti­tion for ages eight and un­der.

El­lis Thomas is 16 and is known as Car­marthen’s Billy El­liot.

El­lis has been danc­ing since May, 2013. He is hop­ing to take on the next part of his dance jour­ney when he will go to col­lege to study dance in Septem­ber, fol­low­ing his GCSEs.

Here he will dance for at least 18 hours a week, pre­par­ing him for when he sets off to a pres­tige univer­sity, where his dance ca­reer will fur­ther flour­ish.

El­lis has danced in com­pe­ti­tions across the UK and in Paris. He was awarded the “Most Promis­ing Dancer” at the Ul­ti­mate Dance Vic­tory Com­pe­ti­tion.

El­lis is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in Com­pet­i­tive All-star Cheer­lead­ing and has been do­ing so for the past two years. Re­cently, El­lis trav­elled to Florida where he com­peted in the In­ter­na­tional Cheer Union, also known as “Worlds”. El­lis re­turned home with the sil­ver medal, which he sees as one of his best ac­com­plish­ments as he was rep­re­sent­ing Team Wales.

If you are in the au­di­ence at the Lyric on Fri­day night, then you might also recog­nise the com­pere. It will be the au­thor of this col­umn!

In other news, 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.

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 Llandy-faelog-based Côr Meibion Dyf­fryn Tywi 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.

Fi­nally, two other bits of con­cert news -

A re­minder that Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir have post­poned their an­nual con­cert, orig­i­nally sched­uled for Satur­day, June 29, at Ffwrnes The­atre, Llanelli. The choir com­mit­tee are in the process of re­draft­ing their events cal­en­dar fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of mu­si­cal direc­tor D Ei­fion Thomas. A list of forth­com­ing Côr Meibion Llanelli en­gage­ments will ap­pear here in due course.

The Gwyl Cerdd Dant Cymru fund-rais­ing Gala Con­cert is 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 Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars, in­clud­ing Nikkila Thomas and Ys­gol Y Strade pupils Lauren Fisher, James Oak­ley, Daisy Owens and Jack Owens.

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


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