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Evening of musical delights at charity concert in Llanelli

Symphonies, overtures and popular Welsh hymns will be among the musical delights performed by Swansea’s own symphony orchestra at a fundraising concert in Llanelli on Monday 13 November.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy – and even join in - when Swansea Community Orchestra performs at St Alban’s Church at 7.15pm in aid of church funds and the Blood Pressure Association, the UK’s blood pressure charity.

Members of the orchestra who include professional musicians, music teachers and ex-military bandsmen, will be joined for the event by special guests the Stebonheath School Choir.

"This is not just a concert, because there will an opportunity for the audience to join in and sing many popular Welsh hymns, such as Calon Lan, Cwm Rhondda and Blaenwern," said Peter Morris, local resident and compere for the evening.

"In fact, I can safely say that the spectrum of the concert will be so broad that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!"

The orchestra is conducted by Andrew George, who has many television and radio credits as a trumpeter, is a member of Owen Money and the Soul Sharks, the Phil Dando Big Band and is currently Musical Director of Neath Amateur Operatic Society and the West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band.

Andrew’s fellow musical director is Paul Lewis, who studied music at Cardiff University and has been the leader of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra since its formation in 1982.

Funds will be split between St Alban’s Church and the Blood Pressure Association, which provides information and support to people with high blood pressure.

Nickie Roberts, Executive Director of the BPA, said: "We are sure that the concert will be a marvellous success and would like to thank the organisers and musicians who are so kindly raising funds for the Blood Pressure Association. The money will help to make a vital difference to the 16 million people in the UK with high blood pressure, a major factor of stroke, heart attack and heart disease and the biggest causes of death and disability."

Tickets, which cost £4, can be bought on the door, or for advance booking or more information about the concert, contact Peter Morris on 01554 772091.

For free information on high blood pressure and how to prevent it, visit the BPA’s website at www.bpassoc.org.uk or call 020 8772 4994.

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