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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Eisteddfod's Snowman stars to perform again in Wrexham

* NEW Sinfonia and NEW Voices perform at the packed Snowman concert last December.

Two acclaimed musical groups who last played to a sell-out Christmas fundraiser for Llangollen Eisteddfod will team up again for an inspirational concert in Wrexham this Saturday.

NEW Sinfonia Orchestra will partner with the NEW Voices once more for the musical event which rounds off a three-day exhibition of music and visual art centred around stories of war and displacement in the Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

In the run-up to the concert the centre’s refugee Hub - a vacant unit which has been turned into an exhibition and concert space - has been hosting a free exhibition curated by its members which includes interactive activities, guided tours, awareness workshops, craft sessions and a cafĂ© and shop.

For the concert members of the hub will be joining the orchestra and the choir, which are both Wrexham based, plus guest soloist Ukrainian soprano Khrystyna Makar to perform a programme of music centred around tales of displacement interspersed with the poems and stories from refugees.

The project aims to raise awareness of the realities of being a refugee today in the UK and raise funds for UareUK, a Wrexham-based, grassroots humanitarian movement dedicated to helping refugees and those fleeing war and persecution.

New Sinfornia, NEW Voices and Khrystyna Makar last performed together at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod's highly successful Snowman fundraising concerts last December.

The concert’s co-artistic director and orchestra leader Rob Guy said: NEW Sinfonia and UareUK have a track record of working together for the benefit of everyone, particularly those who are most vulnerable in our home.

“We are proud to provide a platform for people who have fled war and persecution, and give everyone a chance to connect through music.

“This project, which will culminate in this concert filled with high quality music, has been unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”

Refugee Hub leader Jane Townend said: “We hope to take this project to other cities to spark conversations and raise awareness whilst providing a platform for people who have fled their home country to express themselves both as human beings and to share their experiences. Through sharing art and music we can come together to find common ground and learn about one another.”

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