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'I'll be singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow... in Welsh' CAROLS FROM LLANDUDNO: 1 DAY TO GO.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

WEST End star Sophie Evans is looking forward to appearing in a glittering North Wales festive gala tomorrow night.

Sophie, who played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, will be singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow - in Welsh - at the Carols from Llandudno in Venue Cymru arena, beside the theatre.

Also starring is the familiar figure of Wyn Davies from Only Men Aloud and Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd from Ruthin, who won a Daily Post/S4C school choir competition.

The concert, sponsored by Rowlands Pharmacy, will be recorded and broadcast on S4C over Christmas.

Sophie, 19, said: "It should be a really good concert. I'm going to be singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - both in Welsh, which is a quite a challenge for me. I'm from Tonypandy (in the Rhondda) but I don't speak Welsh."

The singer, who shot to stardom on BBC TV's 2010 Over the Rainbow series where she finished runner up, went on to appear as Dorothy with Michael Crawford's Wizard in the London Palladium. Michael alternated in the role with Russell Grant, who lives in Maentwrog and Des O'Connor. Sophie said: "I've loved the experience."

Also at Carolau Llandudno, in aid of children with life limiting conditions, will be Wyn Davies from Only Men Aloud.

He said: "To be part of Carolau Llandudno, a concert in aid of Ty Gobaith and Hope House children's hospices, is an absolute privilege. The work they do is absolutely priceless. For the service they provide to be free is unbelievable. There might be some chestnuts rocking on an open fire, that's a clue to what I might sing!" The concert, in its 18th year and formerly at Llangollen's International Pavilion, is switching to Llandudno, is almost sold out with only a few seats left on the door. Performers also include the trio Canig, instrumentalist Charlie Lovell-Jones with five Choral Scholars from The Cathedral School, Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn, Hogia'r Ddwylan, Calan folk group and Owain John, nine, of Llansannan.

The musicians are the John Quirk Band.

? Tickets cost PS12 for general admission and PS10 for concessions. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. First come first served for the seating which is all unreserved.

? A fancy dress Festive Fun Run starts at Llandudno Cenotaph tomorrow, 11am. Register and run for PS5.

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Date:Dec 15, 2012
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