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Friday, March 11, 2016

New youth choir set for launch

TALENTED youngsters are tuning up for the launch of a new youth choir for Llangollen.

It’s been jointly orchestrated by Amanda Morgan Thomas and Elen Mair Roberts of the famous Flintshire County Junior Choir to start the group which is due to have its first vocal workshop at the town’s International Pavilion on Tuesday April 5.  
Amanda said: “I’m delighted to be working with Elen in getting Llangollen Youth Choir off the ground.

“We have some pretty talented young singers locally who regularly perform with Llangollen Operatic Society’s junior section, the Young ‘Uns, and annually with Llangollen Panto Group.
“We hope that this new choir, meeting regularly throughout the year, will only further enhance their already

“I’ve seen Elen in action with Flintshire Youth Choir.  She works the choristers hard but rehearsals are great fun too. 
“They all sing off-copy and are expected to work in between rehearsals too in order to make good progress. outstanding quality and give our kids an amazing platform to sing their socks off.

“There is a Denbighshire Youth Choir but it is based in Rhyl which is a fair distance for families based in the south of the county.
“Many small local primary schools feed into local high schools and it’s a great opportunity to get stuck into a new venture, make some outstanding sounds and most importantly make new friends along the way as they move towards their chosen secondary school.

“We’re also keen to give the kids some self-selection opportunities too. Every year, although there will be set pieces to produce a balanced programme, we’ll have a shortlist of fun stuff that the choristers can select.

“We’ll also be recruiting amongst them for some extra roles like section reps and social media officers to set up and run our Facebook Page.”
Amanda added: “We’re holding our first workshop on April 5 during the Easter break at the Llangollen International Pavilion. It’s from 10am-2pm and full details are on-line at

“After that, for those that are interested in joining up, rehearsals will be monthly with breaks every August and January.
“In time we’ll probably be looking for sponsorship but for now we’re just excited to be working together voluntarily to get this off the ground. 

“This is a mixed choir so we’re looking for musical boys and girls in current school years of 5, 6, 7 and 8. Numbers will be limited so please check online for registration details and costs.
“My daughter Manon is a great singer, getting to the National Urdd finals last year in Cardiff and winning at regionals again this year, and she’ll be the first - and officially the youngest - chorister we get to sign up.

“She even designed the logo for us she’s so keen to help us get going on the project.”

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