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Music in the Valleys this Xmas

From the Lyons Holiday Park at St.Asaph, there are plenty of experiences on offer – climbing mountains (or zip- wiring off them), walks, holy wells and myths, ghostly experiences at Ruthin Gaol and Bodwyddan Castle and the ‘horrible histories’ of ‘the land between’.
Occasionally, we may wish for more sedentary experiences. At this point, it is good to recall the association of Wales with musicality – there is such a rich history here regardless of whether we prefer Shirley Bassey to the Eistedfodd.
Local music venues are various – Venue Cymru, Theatr Colwyn, Rhyl Town Hall, Pavilion Theatre, Pontio arts and innovation. There are also numerous festivals throughout the year that may be of interest, in the meantime, this is a snapshot of what’s happening over the festive season.
Conwy Medieval Christmas 8th December 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
A torch-lit procession followed by street entertainers, musicians, choirs and Morris Dancers.
Welsh Chamber Orchestra 12th December 7:30 p.m.
North Wales International Concert Series, promoted by the Rhyl Music Club, are hosting the Welsh Chamber Orchestra again at Rhyl Town Hall. Although the final programme has yet to be announced, it is likely to include J.S. Bach’s D Minor piano concerto and Telemann’s cello concerto.
Jazz @ Plas Newydd 17th December 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This is the second year for this Christmas event – sultry jazz classics performed by local musicians in the beautiful surroundings of Plas Newydd, Llangollen. With mince pies and mulled wine, what could possibly go wrong?
Carols 17th December 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
For a more traditional Christmas, there are ‘Lessons & Carols by Candlelight’ at St. Thomas’s Church, Denbigh where more mince pies are also promised.
Jazz Dinner 21st December 6:30 – 11:45 p.m.
Live jazz at ‘Underground’, Tiffany Café Bar, Llandudno. This event features The Neil Yates Quartet and vocalist Sara Laura Dowling. Neil Yates is the artistic director of the Llandudno Jazz festival and was high-lighted in last year’s July festival with a well-reviewed commissioned work entitled ‘Tunes from the Chimney: A Jazz Suite for Wales’ that was inspired by the aural rhythm shift of the poetry of Dylan Thomas. Sara is a classically trained cellist turned jazz singer whose vocal style has been influenced by Anita O’Day, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson.
The night includes a three course ‘jazz dinner’ in a refurbished bar that Ronnie Scott would be proud of. This event heralds the return of a monthly jazz session to the venue as well as other regular music events.
Winter Solstice 21st December
Llanwrst is hosting the 2019 Eistedfodd and, as part of the fund-raising efforts, Neson Gabaret Cabarola are performing their routine in the Welsh language.

Xmas Eve 24th December 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
For a more traditional festive approach, Conwy is hosting their annual ‘Carols in the Square with Fireworks’ on Christmas Eve.
There are lots of other music events during the coming year to add even more value to your stay at Lyons Holiday Park St. Asaph.

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