ON SONG WITH ROBERT LLOYD

Llanelli Star - - WHAT’S ON -

THE mem­bers of the Hos­pi­tal Notes Choir, based in Llanelli, are get­ting ready for a big con­cert in Septem­ber.

Hos­pi­tal Notes will be joined by Cor Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir for ‘The Great­est Show’ on Fri­day, Septem­ber 6 (7.30pm) at The Di­plo­mat Ho­tel, Llanelli.

You can ex­pect plenty of ex­cerpts from the hit film mu­si­cal The Great­est Show­man.

It’s been quite a year for the Hos­pi­tal Notes choir as they were fea­tured as the Choir of the Week on the pop­u­lar Roy No­ble ra­dio pro­gramme on Ra­dio Wales ear­lier this year.

The Hos­pi­tal Notes Choir was founded last year to cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary of the Na­tional Health Ser­vice.

The ini­tial aim of the choir was to bring to­gether col­leagues from the hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity sec­tors, past and present, to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of the NHS.

Un­der the tal­ented lead­er­ship and di­rec­tion of mu­si­cal di­rec­tors An­drew Har­ries and Stacey Har­ris, the choir re­hearses at Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal.

The choir’s first con­cert per­for­mance was at Dafen Church at the an­nual Re­mem­brance Ser­vice. The choir also sang at Their Light Still Shines ser­vice at the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens in Lla­narthne.

The choir per­formed Christ­mas Car­ols around the wards at both Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal, Car­marthen, and Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal, Llanelli.

Mean­while, it’s go­ing to be a busy Au­gust at St Peter’s Church in Car­marthen.

Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 7 (1pm) sees the ac­com­plished or­gan­ist Carl Grainger per­form­ing at the church.

Carl Grainger started play­ing the pi­ano at the age of 12, study­ing with Tom Bromley.

He read mu­sic at the Univer­sity of East Anglia where his in­stru­men­tal tu­tors in­cluded the well-known harp­si­chordist Sir Philip Ledger and David Park­house, pi­anist of The Mu­sic Group of Lon­don.

On leav­ing univer­sity he took up play­ing the or­gan, study­ing with the re­spected con­cert or­gan­ist David Sanger.

He was ap­pointed as Direc­tor of Mu­sic of the im­por­tant Princes Street Church in Nor­wich, and sub­se­quently served as Or­gan­ist and Choir­mas­ter of Bec­cles Parish Church in Suf­folk, St James’ Shere and St Saviour’s Church in Guild­ford.

Carl is well known as an or­gan recital­ist and has per­formed widely through­out the Eng­land and Wales.

Per­form­ing reg­u­larly as a harp­si­chordist, Carl has ap­peared on S4C tele­vi­sion with the Cham­ber Orches­tra of Wales and re­cently gave a crit­i­cally ac­claimed per­for­mance of Bach’s 5th Bran­den­burg Con­certo with the Welsh Sin­fo­nia.

Carl has lived in South Wales for many years, but now di­vides his time be­tween homes in Mid Wales and France.

If you can’t get to Car­marthen, then Carl will be per­form­ing an or­gan recital at St Cather­ine’s Church, Gor­seinon, on Tues­day, Au­gust 6 (7pm).

On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 14, the Wales Clarsach (Harp) So­ci­ety will be per­form­ing at Car­marthen’s St Peter’s Church (1pm).

The Clarsach (harp) is Scot­land’s old­est in­stru­ment, hav­ing been played through­out the land from very ear­li­est times.

Two old clarsachs, from the 15th and 16th cen­turies sur­vive, and may be seen in the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land.

The mod­ern in­stru­ment, though larger and with gut rather than wire strings, is based on their de­sign.

Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 21 (1pm) sees clas­si­cal gui­tarist Dun­can Leigh per­form at St Peter’s.

Dun­can is a clas­si­cal gui­tarist, com­poser and teacher based in Swansea.

He per­forms the Re­nais­sance and Baroque era mu­sic of Scar­latti and Han­del, the Clas­si­cal and Ro­man­tic com­po­si­tions of Sor and Gi­u­liani, tra­di­tional Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can gui­tar mu­sic (e.g. Tar­rega and Villa-Lo­bos), up to mod­ern day pop tune ar­range­ments and his own orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions.

The sum­mer con­cert sea­son at St Peter’s will fin­ish on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 28 (1pm), with the or­gan­ist Meirion Wynn Jones.

A na­tive of Rhewl, Llan­gollen, Meirion was ed­u­cated at Wells Cathe­dral School, be­fore win­ning a schol­ar­ship to the Royal Academy of Mu­sic in Lon­don, where he stud­ied pi­ano with Alexan­der Kelly, or­gan with Nicholas Danby, or­gan im­pro­vi­sa­tion with Naji Hakim, and choral di­rec­tion with Patrick Rus­sill.

As a student, he held or­gan schol­ar­ships at Winch­ester Cathe­dral and West­min­ster Abbey, work­ing with David Hill and Martin Neary, re­spec­tively.

Hav­ing held or­gan­ist posts at Liver­pool Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral, the Birm­ing­ham Or­a­tory and Bre­con Cathe­dral, Meirion now pur­sues a free­lance ca­reer as a com­poser, ac­com­pa­nist and teacher.

He was for many years a staff ac­com­pa­nist at the In­ter­na­tional Eisteddfod in Llan­gollen and at the Na­tional Eisteddfod of Wales.

His choral and vo­cal works have been recorded and broad­cast on BBC ra­dio and S4C.

In 2011 he was awarded the Mu­si­cian’s Medal (Tlws y Cerd­dor) for com­po­si­tion at the Na­tional Eisteddfod of Wales.

Re­cently com­mis­sioned works in­clude Ffrindiau Bach a Mawr for Côr Heol y March, and the an­them Beloved, let us love for the John S. Davies Singers, mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of their found­ing.

In other news, tickets have just been just re­leased for the pop­u­lar Loud Ap­plause Ris­ing Stars (LARS) af­ter­noon con­cert at The Orangery in Margam.

It takes place at 3pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 1 at The Orangery.

The con­cert will fea­ture LARS singers, the group Melo­dy­namic from the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama (which in­cludes Cal­lum How­ells), Crescendo Youth Choir from Ken­fig Hill and host Huw Tregelles Williams.

The Stage 8 Theatre School will be tak­ing over Ffr­wnes Theatre in Llanelli 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 heart-warm­ing har­monies. 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 been per­form­ing for more than 10 years.

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

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