Loud Applause as rising stars take to the stage at Diplomat Hotel

THE Diplomat Hotel was the venue for the 10th-anniversary celebration of Loud Applause Rising Stars or LARS.

The evening was a celebration of the achievements of LARS and an opportunity to showcase the musical talent that has been nurtured by the people who have offered their services to the charitable organisation.

A large audience including Dame Nia Griffith MP and Lt. Col. David Mathias were entertained by some incredibly talented young people who provided a wide range of musical genres including musical theatre, jazz and pop.

It was easy to see why LARS has been so successful at incubating young stars who have gone on to appear on national and international stages, on TV and radio. Every performer on the evening could have easily graced a West End Stage.

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The compere was Kevin Johns the radio presenter and Panto Dame who provided his own brand of unique comedy during the evening.

Former LARS talent Samuel Wyn Morris now a West End star was there to lend his support along with opera singer Mark Llewelyn Evans. There was also a message of support from Actor and singer Callumn Scott-Howells.

The finale of the evening was when all the young singers appeared on stage together to sing Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ joined enthusiastically by the audience.

Following a fantastic evening of music and fine dining Cerith Owens the founder of LARS gave a speech outlining the importance of LARS and some of its ten-year history. Mr Owens also announced that LARS’ Honorary Patron Huw Tregelles Williams OBE was stepping down and that the new Honorary Patron would be internationally acclaimed artiste, Trystan Llyr Griffiths.

Trystan is counted among Wales’ finest young singers. He is enjoying widespread popularity across Wales, regularly appearing on TV, in concerts, opera performances, and as a soloist at the Millennium Stadium before rugby matches. He honed his craft as a student at prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music the National Opera Studio in London, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Among his many accolades, he was named the ‘Voice of Wales’ by Decca Records after a search of over 600 singers in a series televised by S4C. He is also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation, a MOCSA winner and a recipient of the prestigious W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

His self-titled debut album was released on the SAIN label.

For more information on LARS visit https://www.loudapplauserisingstars.co.uk

Pics. Noah Evans

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