People are fighting to save an iconic Llanelli music school
Music lovers are looking to raise £50,000 to help keep the doors open for a music school in Llanelli. They have launched an online fundraiser to save the Cadno and Llanelli School of Music, which has been part of the town for 15 years, following the retirement plans of Alun Rees, 65.
Members of Motorhead, Stereophonics and Alice Cooper’s band have all passed through its doors over the decades. Now Brandon and Hollie Kemeny want to provide a lasting legacy to the town by keeping the music store running.
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The monument is due to close shop in July. The couple, who have raised hundreds of pounds to support the business, are customers of the store and want to see it continue.
They said: “We believe that together we can save Cadno and Llanelli School of Music. Many will have heard that Alun Rees is retiring. For more than 15 years, it has cultivated a center of community and culture. He supported many bands and musicians and made room for new musicians to perform and explore music on their own.
“We believe our community would suffer from the loss of such an asset and we are excited to continue and expand the legacy Alun leaves behind. However, we have no money. We need to fundraise to buy both Cadno and Llanelli Music School.
Hollie has financial experience and Brandon has experience running other people’s businesses. Current business owner Alun, who started his professional career at 16 with Duport Steel as an apprentice electrician, after it closed in 1980, followed his passion for music and became a guitarist.
Alun, from North Gower and married to Michele, 61, said his son Jonathan, 28, and daughter Neesha, 32, had their own careers and were unable to support the store. But Brandon and Hollie seek to provide a future for the store.
They said, “We have lots of ideas for things we’d like to do: expand our online presence, showcase students’ musical development, team up with Ymlaen and other community groups, engage adults in learning instruments, using music to improve well-being in the community and making Cadno a local hangout to name a few! We are also open to suggestions from you.
“Over the years, many local musicians have done great things. We would love to see more people succeed nationally and internationally with their music. We recognize that Covid has hampered this, but we have emerged and hope we can restore momentum.
“We want to see new and veteran musicians empowered and equipped to play great music while being surrounded by a supportive community in our city and beyond. Thanks to Alun, Cadno has succeeded and we hope will continue to do so for years to come as Alun becomes our greatest cheerleader and enjoys a well-deserved retirement.
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