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Updated 19th April 2019 at 23:27

2019

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24th - 27th April 2019 - Daisy Owens, Jack Owens and Osian Clarke performs next week in SA15’s production of ‘Annie’ at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli
13th April 2019 - Samuel Wyn-Morris – Wonderful performance at Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston
14th April 2019 - Osian Clarke – A praiseworthy recording for S4C’s Noson Lawen programme
6th April 2019 - All Saints Church, Oystermouth article and photos
James Oakley - newest member of LARS
Miners' 1st March 2019 & Ffwrnes 2nd March 2019 - St. Davids Day Celebration Concert
21st December 2019 - Osian Clarke will be starting this Autumn at the Royal Academy of Music in London - One of the UK's top music conservatoires
19th January 2019 Fair Trade Llanelli Fair
A Warm Welcome to Nikkila Thomas
24th - 27th April 2019 - Daisy Owens, Jack Owens and Osian Clarke performs next week in SA15’s production of ‘Annie’ at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli

Daisy Owens, Jack Owens and Osian Clarke perform next week in SA15’s production of ‘Annie’ at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. Show Dates are as follows: 24th April – 27th April 2019

If you are interested in seeing the production, Tickets are available by clicking on the image below.

13th April 2019 - Samuel Wyn-Morris – Wonderful performance at Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston

Samuel Wyn-Morris – Wonderful performance at Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston

Sam’s first appearance at this breathtaking Chapel, known as the Nonconformist Cathedral of Wales was as a guest of the Morriston Ladies Choir under the baton of Anthony Jones. It was a very enjoyable musical evening and along with the ladies choir Sam shared the stage with the Swansea Citadel Salvation Army Band.

Sam was on top form, accompanied by Andrew Pike a musical advisor to LARS, presented a lovely programme which included: Oh What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma), On the Streets Where you Live (My Fair Lady), Ar Hyd Y Nos, Stars from Les Misèrables and his interpretation of Ryan Davies’ Pan Fyddo’r Nos Yn Hir which always creates a big reaction.

Sam is performing at several concerts this year not only for LARS but also as guest soloist for Noteworthy Choir on the 11th May, Morriston Orpheus at Oystermouth on 13th July and Burry Port Band on the 20th July with other dates to be confirmed.

Samuel Wyn-Morris in 78th Annual Concert
14th April 2019 - Osian Clarke – A praiseworthy recording for S4C’s Noson Lawen programme

Osian Clarke – A praiseworthy recording for S4C’s Noson Lawen programme

Osian Clarke one of our most promising rising stars gave an outstanding performance in the recording of S4C’s Noson Lawen programme.  The recording which was on Sunday 14th April at the transformed sports hall, Llanelli Leisure Centre was a memorable occasion and Osian shared the stage with a plethora of stars including the group Harmoni whose musical director is Catrin Hughes one of LARS’ musical advisors.  Osian performed a lovely arrangement of Eryr Pengwern from the show ‘Heledd’

The recoding will be televised later this year – we’ll keep you posted.

6th April 2019 - All Saints Church, Oystermouth article and photos

6th April 2019 – All Saint’s Church Concert, Oystermouth

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James Oakley - newest member of LARS

James Oakley

welcome on board to our newest and youngest member of LARS. James became a member of LARS last week following a very successful audition.

James Oakley
Miners' 1st March 2019 & Ffwrnes 2nd March 2019 - St. Davids Day Celebration Concert

The Tickets for St. David’s Day Celebration Concerts at Miners’ Theatre Ammanford & Ffwrnes Theatre are selling fast! Please click the poster below that you wish to go to, this will take you to the booking pages for the corresponding theatres.

21st December 2019 - Osian Clarke will be starting this Autumn at the Royal Academy of Music in London - One of the UK's top music conservatoires
Osian Clarke
Osian has been offered a place at the Royal Welsh Music of Drama in Cardiff and also ! at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition he has been offered substantial scholarships from both – they must want him! What a Christmas present!
Eirwen (Osian’s Mother) is so very grateful to LARS for all the support we have given him. In the short time he has been with us his confidence has grown through all the performances and support.
She also recalls a turning point for Osian when he had a key conversation with Joe and Keely at the Rotary Christmas Dinner last year when they convinced him to be classically trained.
This news demonstrates again to us that LARS is doing its work!
19th January 2019 Fair Trade Llanelli Fair

The Fair Trade Party An Afternoon of Fun Entertainment to Raise Awareness and Celebrate Llanelli’s Achievement of its Fair Trade Status The Fair Trade Party event at Llanelli’s Selwyn Samuel Centre was first class enhanced by the excellent performances of LARS singers Lauren Fisher and Osian Clarke. They did LARS proud in the way they conducted themselves and performance – both receiving rapturous applause and encores from the packed function room. In the audience civic dignitaries were there in force, along with the general public and members from the other guest performers – Côr Meibion Llanelli, the Phil Harmonics Choir and Carmarthen Ukuleles. The organisers were delighted with the whole event and highly praised the LARS performers. Osian and Lauren were accompanied by Catrin Hughes and Andrew Pike. Osian performed Stars from Les Misèrables, Anfonaf Angel and Caro Mio Ben and Lauren performed a song by Caro Emerald, The Rose and Listen from Beynocé. If you are interested in Fair Trade Llanelli here is the Website address:
https://www.llanelli-fairtrade.paragonconsultants.co.uk/

A Warm Welcome to Nikkila Thomas
Nikkila Thomas

We are delighted to announce that Mezzo Soprano Nikkila Thoms has been successful in joining LARS. Nikkila is from Llanelli, a former chorister and soloist in the Hywel Girls Choir and Hywel Boy Singers, chorister with the Swansea Philharmonic Choir and now studying Voice and Opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. We warmly welcome her into LARS.

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2018

10th November 2018 - a Night with the Stars Gala Concert
27th October 2018 - s’Hertogenbosh (Den Bosch) Holland
23rd October 2018 - A night at the Mayors' Parlour
22nd September 2018 - LARS 5th Anniversary Ball
2nd September 2018 - Afternoon Concert at Margam Orangery
LARS Entertained Mumbles Rotary
£3,500 in bursaries for members of LARS
Llongyfarchiadau / Congratulations Osian Clarke
Saturday 30th June 2018 - Six Members of LARS competed in the Gethin Hughes Bursary Competition
Sunday 3rd June 2018 - St Elli Masonic Music Bursary
Thank you - Promotional Video
10th November 2018 - a Night with the Stars Gala Concert

a Night with the Stars Gala Concert 10th November 2018

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27th October 2018 - s’Hertogenbosh (Den Bosch) Holland

s’Hertogenbosh (Den Bosch) Holland
27th October

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23rd October 2018 - A night at the Mayors' Parlour

A night at the Mayors’ Parlour
23rd October

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22nd September 2018 - LARS 5th Anniversary Ball

LARS 5th Anniversary Ball
at Stradey Park Hotel.
22nd September 2018

Mark Enjoying 5h Anniversary Ball
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2nd September 2018 - Afternoon Concert at Margam Orangery

Afternoon Concert at Margam Orangery
2nd September 2018.

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LARS Entertained Mumbles Rotary

LARS Entertained Mumbles Rotary

Group photo of Daisy Owens, Lauren Fisher and Jack Owens
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LARS – Loud Applause Rising Stars will be providing the entertainment once again for the Mumbles Rotary Club

LARS – Loud Applause Rising Stars will be providing the entertainment once again for the Rotary Club of Mumbles in their annual charity Champagne Sunday Lunch at Langland Bay Golf Club this Sunday.
Performing will be Daisy Owens, Lauren Fisher and Jack Owens accompanied by LARS Musical Advisor Catrin Hughes Catrin Lleisiau’r Cwm.
Another sold out event for the Rotary Club this time in support of Talking Hands (a Swansea based group for young deaf people) and Forget Me Not Mumbles Branch (Dementia Care). A privilege for LARS to be supporting the great work of Rotary.
£3,500 in bursaries for members of LARS

£3,500 in bursaries for members of LARS – Loud Applause Rising Stars

Six young members of LARS achieved bursaries totalling £2,000 from monies raised by the Friends of LARS. Annually LARS allocates a significant amount of their income achieved through various forms of fundraising to be able to award bursaries to successful applicants.
The arts are in difficult times and sourcing additional financial support is paramount for those studying music. Support is needed for vocal coaching, music lessons, attending music courses, travelling costs for interviews, music scores etc.
LARS is delighted to be in a position to help. The bursary money is made available from the ‘Friends of LARS’ support network and through fundraising events.
Our successful recipients were: Callum Howells, Lauren Fisher, Sydney Richards, Neve Summers, Keely Morgan and Osian Clarke. This is the second year for LARS to offer
bursaries. In addition this year £1,500 was made available to LARS members from three other bursaries: St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary (Osian Clarke), Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys and Graig Former Pupils Association (Joseph Cavalli-Price) and the Gethin Hughes Bursary Award (Lauren Fisher).
LARS is grateful to all for their continued support.
Llongyfarchiadau / Congratulations Osian Clarke

Llongyfarchiadau / Congratulations Osian Clarke on winning the Singer of the Year Award at Mark Jermin Stage School

Osian Clarke - Singer of the year award
Saturday 30th June 2018 - Six Members of LARS competed in the Gethin Hughes Bursary Competition

Saturday 30th June 2018

Six members of LARS competed in the Gethin Hughes Bursary Competition at Ffwrnes Theatre, which was hosted by Côr Meibion Llanelli as part of their annual concert.
LARS members were Osian Clarke, Lauren Fisher, Daisy Owens, Jack Owens, Joseph Cavalli- Price and Neve Summers. The standard of the competition was exceptionally high and all were worthy winners, however only one could receive the bursary and the accolade went to Lauren Fisher. Congratulations to Lauren who was awarded a bursary of £750.
The feedback received from our other five members was that of gratitude as it had offered them great experience, exposure and confidence building. Our immense gratitude goes to Catrin Hughes who was stalwart in her support to them all day; this was the first time most had competed. It also gave them an uplift to see so many familiar faces in the audience.
The guest accompanist was the Jeffrey Howard and the adjudicators were Meinir Richards, Allan Fewster MBE and D. Hugh Rees.
The LARS singers performed:
Osian Clarke: O Del Mio Dolce Ardor (Von Gluck) and Stars (from Les Miserables)
Neve Summers: Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man (mus. Jerome Kern Words Hammerstein) and Lascia ch’io Pianga (G.F. Handel from Rinaldo)
Lauren Fisher: Maybe I like it that way (from the Wild Party) and And I’m telling you (from the movie Dreamgirls)
Daisy Owens: I’m a Star (by Scott Alan) and Nella Fantasia (by Ennio Morricone)
Jack Owens: Run Away with me and Sychwn Ddagrau
Joseph Cavalli-Price: Total Eclipse (Handel) and The Lotus Flower (Schumann)
Cor-Meibion-Annual-Concert-2018
Our 6 Rising Stars Back Stage with Guest Accompanist Jeffrey Howard
Lauren Fisher Receiving her Certificate and Bursary of £750
Sunday 3rd June 2018 - St Elli Masonic Music Bursary

Sunday 3rd June 2018

St Elli Masonic Music Bursary

Osian Clarke
The 2018 bursary was awarded to LARS member Osian Clarke from Tycroes. The presentation was at the Masonic Sunday Lunch in Stradey Park Hotel on 3rd June. Osian and his parents were totally unaware of the accolade until it was announced that day. He had been under the impression that he was there to perform only. He sang two songs beautifully and was accompanied by LARS Musical Advisor Andrew Pike. We are grateful to Andrew for supporting Osian that afternoon.
Andrew Pike read out a letter from Joseph Cavalli-Price, last year’s recipient of the bursary. It is worth noting that on May 19th Joseph was guest accompanist at the Royal Albert Hall at the Welsh Festival of Massed Voices (better known 1,000 voices), which part of his award for winning their young accompanist bursary.
Thank you - Promotional Video

Promotional Video

A very special thank you to all those who have generously offered to sponsor our Promotional Video. The video will be released in the near future.

2017

3rd September 2017 - Successful LARS Candidates
September 2017 - Winnder of the St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary
August 2017 - Stuart Roberts - new Musical Advisor
5th August 2017 - LARS in Venice
4th June 2017 - LARS performs at Armed Forces Day in Swansea
2017 Bursary Awards
December 2016 - February 2017 - Callum Howells - West End Star!
3rd September 2017 - Successful LARS Candidates

Successful LARS Candidates September 2017

LARS auditions were held on 3rd September 2017
Three very promising young singers were successful in their audition and were invited to the category of Aspiring Loud Applause Rising Stars:

Osian Clarke
from Tycroes pupil of Ysgol Dyffryn Amman

Neve Summers
from Ammanford pupil of Ysgol Dyffryn Amman

Sydney Richards
from Treorchy pupil of Treorchy Comprehensive School

The three new members were invited to perform in the LARS Soirée at Stradey Castle the following week on the 9th September – each gave a praiseworthy performances. LARS is looking forward to working with and helping to musically develop these young singers.
September 2017 - Winnder of the St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary

Winner of the St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary 2017 – Joseph Cavalli-Price

September 2017 – Find out more here
August 2017 - Stuart Roberts - new Musical Advisor

Stewart Roberts – new Musical Advisor

August 2017
As a solo pianist Stewart has performed concertos by Grieg, Shostakovich, Mozart and Beethoven. His most recent performance was in the ‘Warsaw Concerto’ with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and the orchestra has invited him to appear with them again in the near future.
We are delighted to welcome on board Stewart Roberts as one of our LARS Musical Advisors.
Stewart Roberts spent his childhood in Pembrokeshire, and when the family moved to Treorchy in the Rhondda he was educated at Treorchy Comprehensive School and later at the University of Wales in Cardiff. Whilst at Cardiff he studied the piano with Richard McMahon and Caroline Rae and cello with Chris Hodges. In 1995 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree, and was awarded the Eleanor Amy Bowen Scholarship which enabled him to pursue his Master’s Degree in 1996. In 2001, Stewart gained the LRSM Diploma in Piano Performance.
Stewart Roberts has accompanied many of Wales’ distinguished vocalists, including Rhys Meirion, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi, Wynne Evans and Anthony Stuart Lloyd, and in 2007 he accompanied Hayley Westenra in concert at St David’s Hall.
Stewart’s passion for male choral singing was ignited when he was appointed accompanist to Côr Meibion Morlais at the age of sixteen. Since then he has worked with Dunvant, Ynysowen and Only Men Aloud, and was Musical Director of Dowlais Male Choir 2000-2007. Following the retirement of John Samuel as Pendyrus’ Conductor on 14th January 2009, Stewart readily agreed to take up the baton, and he was formally appointed the fifth Musical Director in the choir’s 94 year history on 22nd February 2009. Two proud moments in Stewart’s career was winning ‘Choir of the Eisteddfod’ and ‘Best Conductor’ with Pendyrus in 2010 & 2012 at the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod. Pendyrus also won best Male Choir at the same competition in 2017. Stewart was appointed accompanist to ‘Noteworthy Mixed Choir’ from Maesteg in 2014.
Stewart currently teaches in Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer, Tonypandy Comprehensive and Treorchy Comprehensive giving instrumental and vocal lessons in addition to GCSE and A Level.
Stewart is delighted to become part of the LARS team and is looking forward to working closely with Cerith Owens, Catrin Hughes and Andrew Pike to give opportunities to young, talented singers and instrumentalists across South Wales.
5th August 2017 - LARS in Venice

LARS in Venice

5th August 2017
LARS members – jazz singer Nia Rees and jazz and blues singer Stephen Davies were invited by Jim and Sue Anderson of Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and Spa to perform at their daughter Kate’s wedding in Venice. They gave a remarkable performance.
4th June 2017 - LARS performs at Armed Forces Day in Swansea

LARS performs at Armed Forces Day in Swansea

4th June 2017
Again LARS was invited to provide young singers to perform at the City and County of Swansea’s Armed Forces Day Celebration in Castle Square.
Lauren Fisher, Daisy Owens and Jack Owens gave praiseworthy performances.
2017 Bursary Awards

2017 Bursary Awards

The 2017 Bursaries were awarded in April.
Successful Applicants for LARS Bursaries:
Keely Morgan, Nia Rees, Joseph Cavalli-Price and Callum Rhys Williams
Successful Applicant for St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary:
Joseph Cavalli-Price
Successful Applicant for the Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys Union & Graig Former Pupils Association Music Bursary:
Keely Morgan
Information on LARS Bursary
A bursary is an amount of money given to a LARS member for the purpose of them being able to study and further develop their musical talents.
LARS will make available in March / April of each year financial support, a bursary, to those who meet the eligibility criteria below and have successfully demonstrated the need for additional help towards their musical development. Those wishing to apply will need to complete a pro-forma and be explicit in describing the reasons for the application and providing detailed costs.
The amount available to award each year.
Applicants may apply for other bursaries provided through LARS in the same financial year e.g. St Elli Masonic Lodge Music Bursary and the Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys Union & Graig Former Pupils Association Music Bursary.
The financial award will normally be for 1 year and will be made up of one payment transferred to the recipient’s bank account. Recipients will be eligible to apply in subsequent years subject to meeting all criteria.
Those under 18 years old will require the support of their parent or guardian before applying.
All candidates will require 2 appropriate referees one of which must be their musical coach/tutor.
Applicants may be requested to attend for interview with a panel made up of LARS trustees.
What we are looking for
We want to invest in talented artists who are performing or creating great music. You must be able to demonstrate that you are already making an impact. You should include in your biography any notable artistic achievements or career highlights to date. These could include:
  • Prestigious performances or engagements
  • Qualifications, prizes or awards
Eligibility for applicants
Existing members of Loud Applause Rising Stars and Aspiring Loud Applause Rising Stars who;
  • Has been a member for not less than 6 months
  • Can evidence their ongoing professional development
  • Made available 2 referees as specified.
  • Evidenced parental support where applicable
  • Have understood and worked to the agreed LARS Code of Conduct
  • Have represented LARS in an appropriate and professional manner at all times
  • Is in full time education or aspiring to become a musician
  • Completed the questionnaire with sufficient information and detailed costings
  • Provided an up to date CV and/or biography
  • Has made themselves available on an ongoing basis for LARS events
  • Able to evidence the need for financial support and the difference an award would make
Progress monitoring
  • Successful candidates must provide a report every 2 months on their progress
The LARS Charity will expect successful candidates to continue as active members for at least 12 months following an award being made.
Examples of eligible support
  • Master class attendance
  • Additional musical advice from an agreed coach/ tutor
  • Travel costs to perform or receive specialist training for a prestigious event
  • Equipment – contribution to a new musical instrument or refurbishment of existing item
  • Additional study costs
  • Additional lessons to increase repertoire
December 2016 - February 2017 - Callum Howells - West End Star!

Callum Howells – West End Star!

December 2016 to February 2017
Callum Howells appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London where as a member of the professional cast played the role of Arpad Laszlo in the production of ‘’She Loves Me’; the show received rave reviews.
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