The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a competitive festival than runs every year for music and dance. The choir were invited to take part in an event called The Inclusion Project. The students helped to create the original piece of music and worked alongside children and young people from special schools in the area. The piece celebrated ten years of the Inclusion Project with a newly commission piece, “SEND A Message” on the Royal Pavilion stage. On the day they performed one song of their own as well as performing alongside the other groups in the commissioned piece. The main stage has an audience of over 4000 and attracts major acts for evening concerts alongside the competitions during the day. This is the quote from the organisers:
The moving performance captured the hearts and minds of the audience, as five unique groups from across North Wales and Shropshire came together to reflect the diversity of our society.
This year’s participating groups were Ysgol Tir Morfa, a community special school in Rhyl that caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 years with a wide range of additional learning needs; specialist school, St Christopher’s in Wrexham, Derwen on Tour (DOT), a group of Creative Studies students from Derwen College in Gobowen, Shropshire, who offer Makaton sign, song and dance performance and workshops, Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn from Denbigh, North Wales’ regional centre for autism education, and the Theatretrain Regional Choir from Mold.
The specially commissioned piece was written by poet Aled Lewis Evans and composer Owain Llwyd. The performance choreographed by Angharad Harrop, with Leslie Churchill Ward as Artistic Coordinator.
“The feedback after the event was fantastic. We even made a brief appearance on national TV. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to take part in future events there. The kids gained so much by work alongside these other children. Hearing their feedback about how the children with Down’s Syndrome put so much energy into their performance and how the group from the school for children with autism were “so friendly and so talented”. It was a very moving and humbling experience to see them bonding so well and so non judgementally (if there is such a word!)”
Steve – Centre Director