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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).

■ 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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