A talented Towy Valley teenager has been chosen to perform at an annual Christmas concert this weekend.

Prizewinning 17-year-old Owain Rowlands, a young tenor from Llandeilo, will be performing solo at Cantorion Llandeilo Singers? Christmas concert this Saturday, December 23 at St Teilo’s Church, Llandeilo.

Since a young age, Owain has been successful in the local and national Urdd Eisteddfodau, both as a singer and folk dancer.

Currently Head Boy at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, he is a prizewinner at the Rotary Young Musician competition for south Wales and south-west of England, and has been selected for the National Youth Choir of Wales.

He is also a mainstay in Ysgol Bro Dinefwr’s school productions including playing The Rum Tum Tugger in Cats last year.

Owain will be joining Carmarthenshire soloists soprano Helen Pugh and bass baritone Aled Edwards, who have performed with Cantorion Llandeilo Singers on several occasions.

Band Baroc Tywi, formed in 2016 also composed of locally grown talent, will be led by international violinist Rakhi Singh from Llandybie.

The band comprises violinists Catrin Morgan, Simmy Singh, Angharad Morgan, Dorothy Singh, viola players Lowri Thomas and Nia Thomas, cellists Mark Wells and Jemma Wells, oboe players Rachel Kilby and Amanda Toogood, and trumpeter John Morgan.

Lesley Prosser will be providing harpsichord/continuo.

A first for the Choir will be a work by the American composer Morten Lauridsen, O Nata Lux, which demands the beautiful, serene, close-harmony sound made popular when Tavener’s Song for Athene was played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Other choral works include Bach’s Wachet auf, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, instrumental pieces including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 for Violin and two Recorders and his Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, songs in Welsh and English by Gareth Glyn, Robat Arwyn, and Haydn Morris, and carols by Harold Darke and John Rutter.

The performance, conducted by Gordon Kilby, is in aid of the Llandeilo Mayor’s charities Kidney Wales Foundation and Shelter Cymru.

Tickets are priced at £12 and are available from Peppercorn in King Street, Llandeilo, or by phoning 07971 950946.

Last-minute tickets are usually available at the door.

The concert starts at 7pm with a licensed wine bar.