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A packed year for Hywel choirs

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The Hywel Choir: Performing Annie, the Musical

LEADING local choir Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers are set to present the region with a treasure box of exciting performances to suit all tastes – bringing massed choirs, orchestras, theatre, celebrities and TV and radio broadcasts.

Llanelli’s famous Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers have announced their initial concert performances for 2016 which will see the choir bring celebrities, orchestras and massed choirs to the town, showcasing the cream of town’s young talent as well as TV and radio broadcasts and an album recording.

After a busy Christmas season which saw the Hywel choristers enjoy four television appearances, two radio broadcasts, a sell-out mammoth performance at Y Ffwrnes, an acclaimed performance at the Brangwyn Hall Swansea and even deliver 200 Christmas presents to strangers across the community, the choir are enthused and refreshed for an exciting year ahead.

Their first engagement of the year will be a free goodwill performance as part of its “Music for the Community” Recitals with the focus of showcasing the cream of young talented singers and musicians with free entry for members of the public.

The event will take place on Saturday February 20 at St Elli Parish Church Llanelli and will see the Hywel Choir joined by the Angelicus Chorale and musicians and singers from the Hywel Academy of Music. The community event is being sponsored by the Hywel Choir and Hywel Academy of Music.

On April 16 at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes, the internationally acclaimed soprano Lesley Garrett will join forces with the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Welsh opera star Gary Griffiths all under the baton of John Hywel Williams for an exclusive night of music and mirth.

Further to popular demand by choristers and audience alike, the Hywel Reunion Chorus will reunite for a magical performance with Lesley Garrett. BBC Wales will be recording rehearsals in the lead up to the event as part of a feature on Llanelli’s famous Hywel Girls’ Choir and specifically the Hywel Reunion Chorus.

In May, the Angelicus Chorale, the boutique choir from the baton of John Hywel Williams will unite with the British Sinfonietta, Llanelli Choral Society and guest opera stars for a Night of World Opera to be held at St Elli Parish Church

Llanelli on May 8. Llanelli’s flag-waving music extravaganza, the Last Night of the Proms, hosted by the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, has been announced for Saturday June 4 at Y Ffwrnes. The traditional sell-out event, now in its 18th glorious year, will feature the symphonic sounds of the British Sinfonietta Orchestra and the giant massed voices of the Hywel Choirs, Angelicus Chorale, Llanelli Choral Society and the mighty Dunvant Male Choir, celebrity soprano Gwawr Edwards – all under the legendary baton of John Hywel Williams.

“People can expect some fun surprises at this year’s Proms,” said Proms director Jeremy Hywel. “Expect streamers, confetti, balloons and roof raising music from over 200 singers – and don’t forget your flags.”

Other exciting plans for the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers include an album recording, television appearances, performing at St David’s Cathedral, even more new costume changes, exciting new repertoire to excite fans to include Zadok Priest, Kalinka, Nessun Dorma, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and performing on four occasions with their resident orchestra the British Sinfonietta.

“It is always exciting and a privilege to bring new and exciting performances to the town”, said the town’s legendary conductor and impresario John Hywel Williams who can boast over 800 concerts and 8,000 choristers and pupils to his name, “Rich is the community which has its music and arts and there is no greater riches than to share these with all.”

Doors are currently open to new choristers (age 8 to 17 years) to join the Hywel Choir. For information pack or tickets for any events, contact 07545 268841.