pOpera Comes to Kidwelly

St Mary’s Church in Kidwelly weathered storm Kathleen and the roof held out the rain despite a fortnight of weather even Derek would be horrified by. There was flooding but of the musical sort. The evening of music or pOpera was organised by Zirenz, a female duo who combined opera and classical music with modern genres including trance and house.  With impressive CVs including vocalism and composing, they have hit no. 1 and top 10 successes with their trance singles and albums in charts including iTunes and Spotify. Latterly they are working on pOpera, the headline act of the night.

The evening started with songs from Cor Merched Glannau’s Gwendraeth, established in 1990, directed by Delyth Bowen and accompanied by Geraint Rees on piano.

Next up was Rock Choir, led by the energetic Dan Rogers.  It was impossible to sit still with the upbeat rendition of songs including Boogie Wonderland, and Shut Up And Dance With Me with which the audience participated enthusiastically while being urged on by Rogers.

The audience was then treated to songs including Haleliwia by CorOMA directed by Ioan Hefin, originally from Mynyddygarreg and who also served as compere for the evening – filling in masterfully and hilariously during some brief technical equipment glitches between the two latter acts.

Zirenz then sang and played a number of classical pieces, including most movingly Ave Maria by Caccina, and here the Flower Duet by Leo Delibes.

If you missed it have no fear. Here is a video of Zirenz in action.

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