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Choir ready to raise roof in first concert

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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A CARMARTHEN choir formed to raise awareness of cancer is on song for its first performance.

The town's branch of the Tenovus Sing With Us choir was formed back in September.

Plans are now in place for the first public performance on Thursday, December 6, at 7pm in the town's Tesco store.

Naomi Bagel, from Carmarthen, is a carer for a friend who has cancer.

She said: "I first saw details about the choir advertised a few months ago.

"It seemed like a nice thing to do, and I was right, it is a very nice thing to do.

"We've been working on a couple of different songs over the past few weeks, but there's a lot of fun and laughter within the group as well."

Naomi said she has been looking after her friend since the summer.

"I enjoy singing and I enjoy the variety of the songs we do," she added.

"It's a nice bunch of people, and every Thursday I always go away feeling good.

"It's quite hard work being a carer, but I feel uplifted every time I leave Sing With Us, knowing I'm doing something good."

Julie Bennett, of Llanybydder, became aware of the Carmarthen branch after her 30-year-old daughter, Emma — originally from Resolven in the Neath Valley — joined the charity's Big C choir.

"My daughter joined them, because she found a lump in her breast two years ago," said Mrs Bennett.

"She had all the chemo and everything, and now she's in remission.

"The choir is great, it's a support thing as well, we're all here supporting what Tenovus are doing."

Mrs Bennett added that her daughter had performed in Channel 4's Stand up to Cancer charity telethon in October.

"We were treated like royalty," she said.

Featuring a mix of ages, both men and women can join, with any vocal range welcome to put their voices to good use.

The choir is run by leader Louise Bugeja.

Anyone wishing to join the Carmarthen choir can attend rehearsals at Christ Church, Lammas Street, Carmarthen, on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8pm.

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