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 Let's Dance End of Summer Dance 2013 Newsletter 1st October 2013
 

Well where do I start?!  What a fabulous evening!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who bought tickets to our first event after our Summer break, it was so nice to see everyone back and to welcome some new faces to Let's Dance events.  The evening kicked off at 7.30pm, we saw quite a few people getting there early, with some general dance music playing, lights dimmed, fairy lights on and a lovely dance floor waiting to welcome everyone.  Then for our surprise of the evening, Maria Lyn took to the stage, she was awarded the Best Cruise Entertainer of the Year 2012, she has performed in the 4 corners of the World and tonight she was all ours!  What a fabulous voice!  Once everyone had listened to her first song she invited everyone to take to the dance floor for Rumbas, Cha Cha Chas, Foxtrot and finished up with some great Jives.  We were so lucky to have had her entertain us, hopefully we will be able to have her back some time in the future.  The evening finished up with more general dancing, and I must say the floor was constantly full with couples dancing all the Ballroom and Latin dances, the Hustle, even the Twist!  The Last Waltz followed seeing everyone up dancing, and Maria Lyn ended the evening with her rendition of 'Time To Say Goodbye' which received a great show of appreciation.  Well as I said 'What a Night'! and we are now looking forward to our next event on the 23rd November which will be a Rock and Roll Party Themed Night!

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This is South Wales August 2012 Singing for good cause

MARIA Lyn will sing for the Friends'R'Us group on Wednesday. They meet at The Salisbury Club in Walter Road from 7.30pm.

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 This is South Wales  February 2011  

High Expectations met

I HAD high expectations as I took my seat in St Catherine's Church, Neath, on  Friday where the Morriston Orpheus Choir were taking the stage for a charity  concert. The male voice choir, directed by Joy Amman Davies, instantly set the tone  for the evening with a rousing rendition of Let All Men Sing before the peaceful  Mansions Of The Lord. The children of the Melincryddan Junior School Choir also had their time in  the spotlight, performing an array of songs from Oliver and Bugsy Malone, highlighted by eight-year-old  Ellie McGuire, who gave a proud solo performance of Ordinary Fool.

The guest soloist, the beautiful Maria Lyn, enchanted everybody with an  impressive selection of show tunes, including I Dreamed A Dream which was well  on par with Susan Boyle's version, if not better. Maria's 18-year-old son, Ben Howells, joined her on stage for a moving  rendition of Because You Believe, a definite highlight of the evening,  flawlessly performed by both.  The encore, sung by Maria and the male voice  choir, happened to be one of my favourites, Andrea Bocelli's Time To Say  Goodbye, which was,  executed perfectly.

Chris Carra

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This is South Wales February 2011

Choir's concert to boost youngsters

MORRISTON Orpheus Choir will take the stage tomorrow  to raise funds for  youngsters. The choristers will be joined by soloist Maria Lyn, who specialises in  classical and popular singing, as well as Melincryddan Junior School choir, for the concert in St Catherine's Church, Melincryddan. Money raised will be split between Melincryddan Junior School and the  Ebenezer Young Persons Club. Contact the organisers ahead to check for ticket  returns.  7pm start.

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This is South Wales January 2011

Choir returns to hometown

SWANSEA audiences will be able to see a city choir closer to home,  hot on the heels of their sell-out success. Morriston Orpheus Choir will be teaming up with soloist Adriano Graziani, on  Saturday, in Ammanford, and the choir will also be at St Catherine's Church, in  Neath, on Friday, February 18. They will be performing alongside singer Maria  Lyn and the Melincryddan Junior School Choir. Choir spokesman Alan Lewis said the choir had enjoyed sell-out success in  Bristol on Saturday. He added: "It's always a good feeling getting back on stage  after the Christmas/New Year break and we had a great welcome from the audience  in Thornbury. "February is going to be a busy month for the choir and we are looking  forward to several local concerts. "We are very used to travelling the length and breadth of Britain and indeed  the World."

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 This is South Wales  September 2010

Old favourite Stan brings a touch of pazzazz to the stage

Swansea Grand Theatre

VETERAN entertainer Stan Stennett has been keeping audiences happy for nearly  five decades with his distinctive brand of traditional comedy, music and  showmanship, all combined with a homespun charm. He will shortly be launching his autobiography, and while many still  associate him with the legendary radio show Welsh Rarebit and his long years on  the panto scene alongside figures such as Morecambe and Wise, he has also  appeared in TV shows such as Crossroads and Coronation Street, and has earned  his place as a national treasure. This delightfully traditional variety show — staged as an afternoon matinee by the Grand as part of its efforts to attract more mature audiences to the  theatre — saw Stan at the helm of a show which harked back to the kind regularly  seen on stage and screen before the days of reality TV and political  correctness. Truth to tell, this did not feel like the usual afternoon fare, with a little  more showbiz pizzazz. The line-up featured Rat Pack-style crooner Bill Bennett, panto dame Keith  Milward and the Louise Edwards Dancers, alongside Stan's old friend Johnny Tudor. But the real surprises came in the form of Maria Lyn, an extraordinarily  gifted singer whose delivery blew the audience away, and comedian Colin Price,  whose contribution proved to be one of the most memorable highlights. A happy show all round, and good to see a variety show still so popular, reinforcing the fact the Grand still has something to offer for everyone.

Graham Williams

Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Old-favourite-Stan-brings-touch-pizzazz-stage/story-12394206-detail/story.html#ixzz2MsEhTg5Q Follow us: @thisisswales on Twitter | thisissouthwales on Facebook

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 This is South Wales  June 2010

Stars pitch in to bring Andrew Home

TOP Welsh entertainers are getting involved in the fundraising effort to support the family of a Dulais Valley man who died in Thailand. Actress Ruth Madoc and comics Owen Money and Colin Price will take part in  two events this month  to support Andrew Thomas's family with the cost of  bringing his body home. Andrew, a former player with Banwen Rugby Club, who was known as Toffo, died  in the Chonburi Province last month at the age of 43. Mr Price, who is president of Banwen Rugby Club, said both Ruth and Owen were  happy to help with the community fundraising effort. "As soon as I asked them they said, 'no problem'," he said. Mr Price said the first memorial event at Banwen Rugby Club on Wednesday,  June 16, would feature Owen Money and his daughter Katie Dennis, along with  several other performers. The second fundraiser will be on Thursday, June 24, at  Onllwyn Welfare Hall and will be hosted by Ruth Madoc. "It will feature Onllwyn Male Voice Choir, myself, soprano Maria Lyn and  Frank Webb," said Mr Price. He explained that the whole community was rallying around to  support  Andrew's family. "His father, Norman, was my best pal. We were brought up together," said Mr  Price. He said he had kept in touch with the Thomas family after Norman  died at the  age of 46. "Once we knew that the family did not mind everyone helping out, we said we  would try do something," explained Mr Price. Andrew's brother, Leighton, confirmed that his funeral would take place this  Saturday from 11am. Mourners will go from Andrew's mother's home in Banwen up to Banwen  Cemetery. Leighton, who was captain of the now disbanded Banwen RFC, said the most  recent fundraising event in the village, where rugby players donned nighties,  had been well supported. "It was a fantastic day. We could not have asked for a better turnout," he  said. For details on the event featuring Ruth Madoc, Colin Price and Owen Money,  contact Lyn Parfitt on 01639 700814 or John Evans on 01639 700669.

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