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

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

Sa­muel is al­ready a fa­mil­iar name on the West Wales con­cert cir­cuit.

He is a 22-year-old proud Welsh­s­peak­ing Llanelli boy; a for­mer head boy at Ys­gol y Strade.

In 2017, Sam grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Guildford School of Act­ing (GSA) with a First Class Hon­ours De­gree in Mu­si­cal The­atre.

In 2018, he made his pro­fes­sional de­but at The Old Vic in Lon­don.

While train­ing at GSA, he was one of the few cho­sen as a nom­i­nee for the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber Schol­ar­ship.

In his grad­u­at­ing year, Sam played lead­ing roles in Guys and Dolls, Catch Me If You Can and For­bid­den Broad­way.

As a part of a 100 strong-choir, he per­formed at the pres­ti­gious BBC Maida Vale stu­dios and the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall in cel­e­bra­tion of the 40th an­niver­sary of the Olivier Awards, a show which was broad­cast live on BBC Ra­dio 2.

Since grad­u­at­ing, Sa­muel has pur­sued his ambition of per­form­ing in Lon­don’s West End and he hopes 2019 will be his break­through year.

He is proud of the fact that he was the first and founder mem­ber of LARS (Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars).

One of his high­lights with LARS was in 2018 when he per­formed at the Sec­ond World War Lib­er­a­tion Com­mem­o­ra­tions in the city of s’Her­to­gen­bosch in the Nether­lands.

Sa­muel has ap­peared on TV in the No­son Lawen pro­gramme, Heno and Pryn­hawn Da.

He is also a pop­u­lar guest soloist, hav­ing per­formed with Pendyrus Male Choir, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir, Note­wor­thy, Mor­ris­ton Ladies Choir and the Mor­ris­ton Or­pheus Choir.

Burry Port Town Band mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ceri John said: “The band are look­ing for­ward to en­ter­tain­ing our au­di­ence back home in Burry Port and shar­ing the stage with Sa­muel Wyn-Mor­ris.

“We will be fea­tur­ing some of the best loved music from the stage and shows, all cel­e­brat­ing the mu­si­cal di­ver­sity of to­day’s modern brass band. This show will have some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The se­nior band are de­lighted to share the stage with the young­sters of the Burry Port Ju­nior Band.

The young­sters are re­hears­ing in earnest for their per­for­mance, plan­ning to bring some of their youth­ful fun and en­thu­si­asm to the con­cert.

The evening will be all un­der the con­trol of a sk­il­ful com­pere in the shape of Gwen­draeth Val­ley ac­tor Ioan Hefin, a favourite with the au­di­ences at the Me­mo­rial Hall.

Ioan is known for a wide range of act­ing per­for­mances, both on tele­vi­sion and film. His film ap­pear­ances in­clude Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren (2016), Apos­tle (2018) and The Watcher in the Woods (2017).

Tick­ets will be avail­able on the door for £12.50, or at a spe­cial early bird rate of £10 if you buy in ad­vance from band part­ners – Premier Store, Burry Port and El­gan Jones Butch­ers, Burry Port.

Burry Port Town Band has a long and colour­ful past, with the first his­tor­i­cal men­tion of the band, orig­i­nally named the El­liots Smelt­ing Works Band, found in 1896.

The band grew from this hum­ble, in­dus­trial be­gin­ning and es­tab­lished it­self as a com­mu­nity favourite, play­ing at lo­cal fetes and marches and rais­ing money to sup­port both it­self and wor­thy causes.

One such wor­thy cause came at the turn of the cen­tury when the band or­gan­ised a march for the des­ti­tute and un­em­ployed of Kid­welly, which raised the princely sum of £8.

How­ever, the band had wider am­bi­tions than its lo­cal stage, and dur­ing its first pe­riod the lifeblood for the band quickly be­came the con­test stage.

In­deed, a ma­jor high­light dur­ing this time was the band’s per­for­mance at the Crys­tal Palace in Lon­don.

Sadly, just be­fore the out­break of the Sec­ond World War the band’s for­tunes took a turn for the worse and it dis­banded.

Gone, but not for­got­ten, decades later, in 1972, a group of lo­cal en­thu­si­asts held a meet­ing with the aim of re-es­tab­lish­ing the band.

Old in­stru­ments and a li­brary of music were dis­cov­ered, and these, to­gether with some new pur­chases, a place to re­hearse and a keen group of vol­un­teers, sowed the seeds of the band’s re­nais­sance.

The band con­tin­ued to grow in terms of its level of per­for­mance through­out the 1980s and 1990s, win­ning a host of prizes in 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Sec­tions and in 2000, the band was pro­moted to the elite Cham­pi­onship Sec­tion.

Since 2001, the band has seven times claimed the ti­tle of Cham­pion Band of Wales, four times won the Na­tional Eisteddfod of Wales and three times rep­re­sented Wales at the Na­tional Brass Band Cham­pi­onships of Great Bri­tain at the Royal Al­bert Hall in Lon­don, com­pet­ing against the coun­try’s top 20 bands.

In 2005, the band also claimed vic­tory in the Bri­tish Open Se­nior Cup com­pe­ti­tion at the Win­ter Gar­dens, Black­pool, beat­ing off the challenge of 20 other bands from across the United King­dom.

In re­cent years, Burry Port Town Band have en­joyed per­form­ing along­side Paul Potts, John Owen Jones, Richard Allen, Ti­mothy Richards, Côr Meibion Llanelli, Lleisiau’r Cwm, Côr Curiad, Twrw Tawe, Côr Ael­wyd y Waun Ddy­fal, The Ten­ovus Cancer Care Swansea Sing With Us Choir and S4C Côr Cymru Cham­pi­ons Parti Ll­wchwr.

The band prides it­self on re­main­ing a top-flight brass band.

Band or­gan­is­ers are keen to en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of young play­ers en­joy the op­por­tu­nity of play­ing a brass in­stru­ment with­out any fi­nan­cial pres­sure on their fam­i­lies.

To which end, they run, with­out any cost to the young brass and per­cus­sion play­ers, a Ju­nior Band which re­hearses on a Sun­day evening from 5pm to 6pm, in the ban­d­room on Mor­lan Ter­race, Burry Port.

In other news, the cho­ris­ters from Llandy­faelog-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.

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 at 1pm on Au­gust 28. Make a note

in your di­ary!

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