Musical star a hit
THIS was a night of great anticipation, a musical highlight of the year and those fortunate to get tickets were not disappointed.
The performance of the Llanelli Choral Society, From Bach to Broadway and Beyond – starring Lesley Garrett and the artistic direction of John Hywel Williams gave us a programme for the masses and of mammoth works.
The evening's hosts, the Llanelli Choral Society, delivered mighty works – Aida's Grand March, Zadok Priest, Ode to Joy, Easter Hymn, Hebrew Slaves, Exodus and more.
Their passion and power fired up the Ffwrnes with the greatest works from Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven and Verdi.
And they impressed with moving renditions of West Side Story's Somewhere, with soloist Elizabeth Bevan, and a contemporary rendition of Vangelis' tribal Conquest of Paradise.
In perfect contrast came the Hywel Girls' Choir & Hywel Boy Singers with a repertoire of subtle sacred music and fun moments.
A beautiful Panis Angelicus and Pie Jesu, with chorister soloist Nikkila Thomas and Elizabeth Bevan, warmed hearts.
The young Hywel singers enthused audiences with a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang filled with car horns and dance movements, followed by moving moments from the Sound of Music which saw 10 and 11 year old Evie Williams-Ford and Abbie Williams give their first duet performance.
The star of the night, Lesley Garrett, dazzled, entertained and connected, with an electrifying performance across opera, classical, theatre, film and a rollercoaster of musical emotions.
Highlights included Mikado, Some Enchanted Evening, I Dreamed a Dream and the Impossible Dream. The quality of diction was unequalled as was the portrayal of each music note, song and character.
This was a beautifully crafted night of music by John Hywel Williams and his choirs where artists excelled and stars dazzled.