An afternoon of music was held by LARS on the 2nd September 2018, at the stunning Margam Orangery to showcase its singers. Guest artistes were the brilliant young violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones and Crescendo Youth Choir under the baton of Kathryn Blight. Charlie was accompanied by his father Simon Lovell-Jones and the choir by Rhian Davies. The afternoon was skilfully hosted by LARS Music Ambassador Mark Llewelyn Evans.
The LARS singers gave very impressive performances, in order of appearances: Neve Summers, Jack Owens, Sydney Richards, Callum Howells, Daisy Owens, Osian Clarke and Lauren Fisher. The musical Advisors for LARS Catrin Hughes, Andrew Pike and Stewart Roberts doubled up on the day as accompanists and were stalwart in their support for the young singers.
Special guests of LARS included Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mr Byron Lewis and Mrs Hilary Lewis, The High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Mr Henry Gilbert and Mrs Lyn Gilbert, The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of the City and County of Swansea and His Worshipful the Mayor and the Mayoress of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
The music fraternity was also very well represented and included the musical directors of Pontarddulais Male Choir, Morriston Orpheus Male Choir, Morriston RFC Male Choir who is also accompanist to Dunvant Male Choir, Pendyrus Male Choir, Lleisiau’r Cwm, Crescendo Youth Choir and the chairman of Kenfig Hill Male Choir.
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David and Sue Mathias A note to congratulate you and the LARS team on an outstandingly successful event yesterday. It was in all respects an impressive performance, and I am certain that the high reputatIon of LARS will have been elevated even further. I am pleased that Mark Llewellyn Evans mentioned ‘s-Hertogenbosch; involvement in this important international connection is of course a tremendous ‘feather in the cap’ for LARS, and we are delighted that you are returning with us again this year, and look forward to it very much. Well done and thank you.
Louise Fleet So lovely to be involved and I enjoyed myself as well! You must be absolutely delighted at how well it went – so many lovely and appreciative comments from people I spoke to. I think an annual event at Margam would go down very well indeed!
Jane Evans What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We all (they were 14 on the bus!) thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It has been a while since I’ve heard Charlie Lovell Jones. What a talent, and it seems so effortless.
Carole Rees What a wonderful concert a pleasure to listen to all the artists
Sue Phillips Mam Post Llongyfarchiadau Cerith. Unwaith eto bythgofiadwy
Lindsey Shanahan: Thoroughly enjoyed the Loud Applause Rising Stars concert at Margam Park. Thanks Cerith Owens great to see you and Alison. Lovely to see Mark Llewelyn Evans and all the Rising Stars
Andrew Windsor: Fantastic afternoon of entertainment and enjoying an afternoon out with friends
Kathryn Blight: Cerith it was an absolute privilege to be apart of this afternoon’s concert and I’d like to thank you on behalf of all involved with Crescendo for the invitation. It was a concert that we’ll remember for some time to come I’m sure. Diolch
Joy Amman Davies Congratulations on a wonderful concert – really enjoyed. The Orangery is a beautiful setting. It was great to catch up with everyone today – diolch yn fawr am y gwahoddiad.
John Davies (on PA) A Most Enjoyable Concert again The talent amongst the members is Amazing. Such confidence from so many talented young performers It was a pleasure to work with them & your Organisation.
Attended a wonderful concert today at the beautiful setting of Margam Orangery … what a fabulously talented bunch you have at LARS Cerith! Thank you for the opportunities that being part of LARS has given Sydney…
Bryn Howells (Callums’ grandfather)
Excellent afternoon of entertainment
Debbie Gallacher-Fisher (Lauren Fisher’s Mother)
Had a great afternoon in Margam thank you to Catrin Lleisiau’r Cwm for accompanying Lauren and thank you Cerith Owens for the invitation, they were all amazing.
Stewart Roberts: Lovely afternoon. As ever, I enjoyed working alongside the fabulous duo of Catrin Lleisiau’r Cwm and Andy Pike to accompany and support the young members of LARS. Put together superbly by Cerith Owens and compere, Mark Llewelyn Evans!
Susan: What can I say -it was pure quality from start to finish. They were amazing everyone of then.
Hywel: Just a quick line to say that we thought that the concert was ‘first class’. The LARS performers were all excellent and a credit to their musical advisors. I think it was a great venue for the audience to appreciate what good voices that the LARS singers have and they all came over brilliantly. Well done again to all involved and I think we have definitely made some more ‘friends’ along the today.
Carol: Margam was superb. Thoroughly enjoyed ! Well done and I can definitely see this as one of our annual fundraisers