The streets town centre will once again play host to a day of live music and entertainment this September with the return of the Wrexham Singing Streets.
The event follows on the from the inaugural festival last year, which brought together 25 choirs from Wrexham, North Wales and the North West of England for a day of live performances and entertainment.
This year’s Wrexham Singing Streets however looks set to be bigger and better, with up to 30 choirs performing across seven venues in the town centre
This morning saw the official launch of Wrexham Singing Streets at the Centre for the Creative Industries at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who has organised the event, was in attendance at this morning’s launch, along with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Mayor of Wrexham John Pritchard and the school choir from Ysgol Bodhyfryd (below!) who provided a taster of what to expect during their performance in the town centre in September.
Also set to perform at Wrexham Singing Streets is National Eisteddfod and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud, along with North Wales Opera Studio.
Other highlights will include a mass singalong in Queen’s Square and performances by two signing choirs, who perform in British Sign Language for the deaf.
Speaking about this year’s event, Mr Lucas said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Wrexham Singing Streets will be happening again this year. It’s a great way to celebrate the town’s tradition of singing.
“There is something unique about the ability of live music and street entertainment to bring people together and this year’s programme will be even more diverse.
“We’ve got choirs from Wrexham and the wider region who are already confirmed to play and they will no doubt bring an army of supporters with them which will add to the occasion.
“Choirs and audiences really enjoyed mixing together and sharing their music last year and everyone in Wrexham can enjoy their music – and much more – again in 2017, all for free.”
Mr Lucas added: “A great deal of thanks goes to those businesses whose support helps put on the event.
“The backing of Eagles’ Meadow with both funding and as a venue for choirs, and the financial support of companies like Costa Coffee and Wockhardt, really does make a difference to the communities they serve.”
Wrexham Singing Streets grew out of Wrexham Town Centre Forum’s popular street festivals and the number of locations has been expanded to seven to reflect its popularity.
The confirmed venues are: Wrexham Museum, Lord Street (Wrexham Bus Station), Queens Square, Hope Street, Church Street, Chester Street and Eagles Meadow.
Wrexham Glyndwr University is also involved with the festival for the first time this year with Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar stating: “Wrexham Singing Streets is rapidly establishing itself as an important fixture in the town’s annual events calendar and as a community university we are delighted to be involved.
“The university has a long and proud association with music in Wrexham and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the town in September.”
Kevin Critchley from Eagles Meadow, one of the main sponsors of the event, also spoke outlining how he felt the event highlighted that ‘there is more to town centres than shops and car parks, they are spaces and places where people meet and enjoy culture’.
The full list of confirmed choirs is:
- Bebbington Bitter Men,
- Bitesize Children, Bitesize Adults,
- Borras Park School,
- Chester Ladies Choir,
- Cantorion Rhos,
- Cor Clwyd,
- Creative Community Choir,
- Dee-Sign Choir,
- Happy Choir,
- Holt Village Community Choir,
- Llangollen Youth Choir,
- James Lambert Singers,
- Kaboodle Community Choir,
- Only Boys Aloud,
- Mountain Harmony,
- North East Wales Opera Studio,
- Salvation Army Songster,
- St Margaret’s Singers,
- Wrexham Singing Hands,
- Sing Out Your Song, Sing With Us Wrexham (Tenovus Cancer Care),
- Victoria School, Wrexham County Choir,
- Ysgol Bodhyfryd,
- Wrexham Community Choir.
The full line up and event updates will be posted at http://singingstreets.org
Wrexham Singing Streets is sponsored by Eagles Meadow, Wockhardt and Costa Coffee, with sound systems supplied by John Jones Quality Acoustics
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