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THERE’S a big night coming up in Burry Port next month when Côr Meibion Porth Tywyn (Burry Port Male Choir) hold their 56th annual concert.
It is taking place at 7pm on Saturday, September 21, at St Mary’s Church in Burry Port.
The guests include bass baritone Anthony Stuart Lloyd, soprano Keely Morgan, harpist Rhian Griffiths and accompanist Caradog Williams,
The compere will be Iwan Jenkins. The musical director will be Ryan Lee and the choir’s accompanist will be John Evans.
Tickets are available at £10. Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s rich Welsh bass-baritone has been described as ‘a voice of Rolls Royce sumptuousness’.
Award-winning international vocalist Anthony is one of Wales’ most acclaimed, versatile and engaging performers.
Handsome, charming and standing an imposing 6ft7in, he instantly captivates his audiences with his personality and his lyrical, luscious, velvety voice.
He is a regular performer in theatres, concert halls and cabaret stages throughout the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East, Far East and Australasia.
Anthony studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and won the Royal National Eisteddfod ‘ Blue Riband’; the Sir Geraint Evans Memorial Prize and the Welsh Arts Council Young Welsh singer prize.
He has sung with the Welsh National Opera, Freiburg Opera, Toulouse Capitole Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
London West End credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Scrooge.
He was invited to perform for the Sultan of Oman and he regularly appears at prestigious events for the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Tourist Board.
Television appearances overseas include America’s NBC Today Show and TVNZ’s Good Morning and his voice features in the animated film of Rigoletto.
Anthony has headlined on luxury cruise lines including Cunard, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and the Fred Olsen line.
In cabaret, he has performed at prestige venues including New York’s Waldorf Astoria and The Rockerfeller Centre and The Carlton Club in London.
Keely Morgan is a soprano, from Mumbles.
She is a former student of Gower College and now studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) on the Vocal and Opera Studies BMus Hons, under the tutelage of Kate Woolveridge and Suzanne Murphy.
Keely has completed her vocal diploma, Trinity College London Vocal Diploma (ATCL). She has also achieved Grade 8 Distinctions in ABRSM, Trinity College and London College of Music in classical singing, acting and musical theatre.
Keely was the 2017 recipient of the Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys and Graig Former Pupils Association Music Bursary and also of the Loud Applause Rising Stars bursary.
Keely has performed as a guest artist with a number of leading male voice choirs, including Morriston RFC, Morriston Orpheus, The Gwalia Singers and Swansea Male Voice Choir.
She has performed in St David’s Hall for the Welsh Festival of Remembrance, Wales Millennium Centre, Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin and Sint Janskerk – Maastricht.
Keely’s choir experience includes BBC National Chorus of Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama College Chorus and The Ariosa Singers
Keely has appeared in three West End UK musical theatre tours, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Doctor Doolittle, Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat, singing alongside Aled Jones and Tommy Steel.
Her acting roles have included Doctor Who, Loose Women, Newsround, Stella, and Upstairs Downstairs.
She has appeared in an S4C documentary about the life of opera star Adelina Patti, playing the young opera star.
Keely is a former member of the Youth Musical Theatre UK and was honoured to take part in the performance of The Dark Tower, staged in Hammersmith London.
As a member of Loud Applause Rising Stars (LARS), Keely has performed as a guest soloist at The Brangwyn Hall for the Festival of Remembrance 2016 and 2017, soirees at Stradey Castle and Llanelly House, in the Kidwelly Festival Choir Annual Concert alongside tenor Trebor Edwards, and Margam Orangery for the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan’s Charity Concert.
Keely sang at the City and County of Swansea’s Armed Forces Day and Silence in the Square events in Castle Square and performances for Llanelli Rotary Club at their World War One Centenary Concert and at their Annual Ball in Stradey Park Hotel, alongside Peter Karrie. Keely has also performed with Phantom of the Opera Star Peter Karrie in several of his “Small Halls Tours” concerts.
She is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2016 – 2020) on the BMus Honours Vocal and Opera Studies course under the tutelage of distinguished soprano Suzanne Murphy.
Previous singing tutors include the late Geoffrey Squires and Penny Ryan.
Rhian Griffiths is a harpist from Swansea. Having started learning the harp at the age of eight, she quickly grew to love the instrument and never looked back.
She played at her first wedding when she was just 14, and since then she has played at a variety of functions and events.
Highlights of her concert diary include playing in An Evening with Kevin Johns at Swansea Grand Theatre, and playing at a private function with guests including Fergus Walsh (BBC Medical Correspondent) and Toni Mascolo (Toni and Guy).
Caradog Williams is a freelance pianist based in Cardiff.
While a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, Llanelli, he studied piano with D Hugh Jones FRCO, and following a degree in Music at Oxford University, studied Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music under Roger Vignoles and John Blakely, where he was an Associated Board Scholar.
Caradog’s work in Cardiff has included being a repetiteur for Welsh National Opera, the Wales International Academy of Voice and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he has worked with leading singing teachers and conductors in the field of opera, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Bonynge, Dennis O’Neill and Carlo Rizzi.
On the concert platform, Caradog has partnered Sir Bryn Terfel, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rebecca Evans, Elin Manahan Thomas and Sir Willard White, and regularly appears alongside John Owen Jones, Only Men Aloud and the Three Welsh Tenors, with whom he has toured three times to North America and on whose two albums Caradog features as composer and arranger.
Caradog was the official accompanist for the last four massed choral festivals of the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, and has toured with the Association to Russia and Eastern Europe.
Today (Wednesday, August 14), sees the Wales Clarsach (Harp) Society performing at Carmarthen’s St Peter’s Church (1pm).
Finally, a diary date for next month - Lleisiau Llan Choir’s year-long fundraising for the Uganda Dr Vaughan Fund will culminate in their annual concert at the Stradey Park Hotel on Friday, September 27, at 7pm. The guests will be Y Tri Tenor (Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall, Aled Wyn Davies).