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

IT’S time to heap a bit of praise on our Car­marthen­shire the­atres this week . . .

In the hurly-burly of the con­cert cal­en­dar, it is easy to for­get the ster­ling con­tri­bu­tion made by our three the­atres - The Lyric in Car­marthen, The Min­ers’ in Am­man­ford and Ffwrnes The­atre in Llanelli.

All three come un­der the ban­ner of Theatrau Sir Gâr - look them up on that new in­ter­net thing; there’s al­ways some­thing to catch the eye and tempt you off the sofa.

Lo­cal the­atres and live events ev­ery­where de­serve our sup­port. Adopt the mantra, Use It Or Lose It!

This week at Am­man­ford Miner’s The­atre there is a treat for those of us who ap­pre­ci­ate a lit­tle nos­tal­gia.

The Siren Sis­ters will be per­form­ing at 3pm on Satur­day, July 6.

They are a blonde, brunette and red head combo, croon­ing tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Think blue birds, white cliffs and ap­ple blos­som . . .

They fol­low in the foot­steps of the An­drews, Boswell and Din­ning Sis­ters.

The poster de­clares ‘this tit­il­lat­ing trio will have you tap­ping your toes and humming along to the nos­tal­gic tunes of yes­ter­year’.

At Ffwrnes The­atre on Tues­day, July 9, there is a ‘Clus­ter Con­cert’ for schools from the Llanelli area.

The show, which starts at 6pm, fea­tures chil­dren from Coed­cae Sec­ondary School and Bynea, Bigyn, Half­way, Maes Y Morfa, Pen Rhos and Ste­bon­heath Pri­mary Schools.

The pop­u­lar Con­certs and Cakes ini­tia­tive re­turns to The Lyric in Car­marthen at 1pm on Wed­nes­day, July 24.

Con­certs and Cakes helps 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

Feed­back on the Con­certs and Cakes idea has been great, so do pop along.

There will be a chance to see the Live Mu­sic Now team again when they visit Ffwrnes The­atre in Llanelli at 1pm on Au­gust 28. Make a note in your di­ary!

The Stage 8 The­atre School will be tak­ing over Ffr­wnes The­atre on July 27, 28 and 29 to stage Hair­spray Jr.

Pic­ture the scene . . . it’s 1962, and Tracy Turn­blad has one big dream – to dance on the pop­u­lar “Corny Collins Show.

When she fi­nally gets her shot, she is trans­formed from so­cial out­cast to sud­den star.

In bal­anc­ing her new­found power with her de­sire for jus­tice, Tracy fights to de­throne the reign­ing Miss Teen Hair­spray, Am­ber von Tus­sle, and in­te­grate a TV net­work in the process.

With the help of her out­sized mom Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth May­belle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove un­stop­pable.

The in­ti­mate sur­round­ings of Sti­w­dio Stepni in Ffwrnes The­atre will pro­vide the set­ting for An Evening with the Song­birds, 7.30pm on July 27.

Song­birds are a trio of lo­cal ladies with their unique and ex­cit­ing sound.

They prom­ise to bring you an evening of eclectic mu­sic from the charts, the movies and the world of mu­si­cal the­atre.

You can be ser­e­naded in a re­laxed cabaret style as they show­case some mag­nif­i­cent melodies and heart­warm­ing har­monies from bal­lads to bel­ters. The ticket price in­cludes a glass of prosecco!

For those, who ap­pre­ci­ate their mu­sic with the vol­ume cranked up a few notches, Ffwrnes The­atre will stage an­other ‘Cadno Mu­sic Live Presents . . .’ evening at 8pm on Au­gust 3.

Full de­tails of the show line-up will fol­low in due course.

Top har­mony group Blake will be back at The Lyric on Septem­ber 26 (7.30pm) as part of their Live in Con­cert Tour.

Their lat­est (and sev­enth) al­bum went straight into the charts at No1.

Blake have per­formed Clas­si­cal, Opera and Cross­over for more than 10 years, giv­ing each song a beau­ti­ful and unique Blake sound.

Songs from all the greats – in­clud­ing Mor­ri­cone, Barry, Bernstein and Bizet – will fea­ture in this brand-new tour.

Leg­endary 70s folk-rock pi­o­neers Lind­is­farne will be at The Lyric on Oc­to­ber 5.

The clas­sic six-piece line up of long-time mem­bers is fronted by orig­i­nal founder-mem­ber Rod Cle­ments on vo­cals, man­dolin, fid­dle and slide gui­tar.

With a reper­toire of un­for­get­table songs like Meet Me On The Cor­ner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a rep­u­ta­tion for live per­for­mance sec­ond to none, Lind­is­farne’s power to gal­vanise fes­ti­val and con­cert au­di­ences re­mains undimmed and is guar­an­teed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along.

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 Llandy­fael­og­based 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 ap­peared in a No­son Lawen (S4C) pro­gramme ded­i­cated to Ho­gia’r Wy­ddfa, one of Wales’s 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.

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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