Connecting Communities in Cwmbran


On the 4th March our Only Boys Aloud participants in Cwmbran welcomed a host of guests to their Monday evening rehearsal during the third in a series of Aloud Community Stakeholder Events.

The event, which took place at Only Boys Aloud Cwmbran’s base at Able Radio, provided the opportunity for cross sector collaboration and we were delighted to welcome representatives from Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Torfaen Voluntary Alliance, and Cwmbran Life to experience an Only Boys Aloud rehearsal first hand and learn more about our work in Cwmbran.

“I have to say my very favourite thing was chatting to some of the boys . They were so articulate about what they gain from the Aloud experience and their intentions to stay connected wherever their next steps after A levels take them.  As an Arts In Health Project Officer I asked them about what they thought the health benefits of belonging to an Aloud choir were…. They didn’t miss a beat and told me about socialising, confidence, self-esteem, posture, breath, vocal chord and lung health”. Claire Turner,  Arts in Health Project Officer, Aneurin Bevan Health Board  

Representatives from local Males Voice Choirs including Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir, Croesyceiliog Male Voice Choir, and Newport Male Choir were in attendance and we are looking forward to exploring opportunities for collaboration and joint performances in the future and keeping Wales’ thriving choral tradition alive.

“Experiencing the rehearsal first hand, in the Cwmbran group, was especially poignant and enlightening. Now I can completely understand how the bonding works for the young lads in such a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.” Sarah Jones, Musical Director of  Croesyceiliog Male Voice Choir

The rehearsal was led by our Choir Leaders Nick and Iori and attendees had the opportunity to participate in the warm-up activities at the start of the rehearsal an learn more about Aloud’s work. Our Choir Leader Iori and Aloud Board member Brandon, both Only Boys Aloud alumni, were both on hand to share their own experiences of the impact of involvement in the programme.

“It was lovely to be in the room at Able Radio sharing our story with the wider community. Hopefully it will be the start of some really positive relationships in the local area as we strive to embed our work more deeply in communities where our choirs are rooted.” Carys Wynne-Morgan, Chief Executive

Community Stakeholder Events form an important part of our commitment to embedding ourselves in communities where we deliver Only Boys Aloud choirs and enable us to extend the benefits of involvement in our choirs to more young people.

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