Gwynt y Môr Community Fund supports music making in Rhyl!

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The Aloud Charity is delighted to have received a grant from the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund towards our programme of work in Rhyl! 

Gwynt y Môr Community Fund is a £19 million fund from Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm which supports coastal communities in North Wales.

Thanks to the support from the fund, we were able to deliver an Only Boys Aloud Regional Rehearsal at the ASK Centre in Rhyl on the 18th November 2023.

The rehearsal saw members of our Only Boys Aloud choir in Rhyl joined by choir members from our other Only Boys Aloud choirs in North Wales (Wrexham and Bangor) for a day of workshop activities and rehearsals!

The groups worked hard throughout the day, preparing a range of repertoire for their upcoming festive performance on the 9th December.

“It was great to have all the North Wales members of Only Boys Aloud together for the first time since the beginning of the new academic year. 

Rehearsing at The Ask Centre is always a pleasure. Based in the middle of Rhyl just off the seafront it is such a friendly, welcoming, and user-friendly venue and provides vital support to the community.

It was really encouraging to see our newest members from all three OBA groups (Rhyl, Bangor, and Wrexham) engaging with each other and with our older, more experienced members who were fantastic in welcoming the newcomers and naturally adopted their roles as peer mentors.  It has been a challenging time for the Arts sector recently, and despite our recruitment programme stumbling across significant hurdles, seeing the power of music uniting a group of young men from all walks of life is undeniably rewarding to us as The Aloud Charity staff, Choir Leaders and volunteers.

Following some fun warm-up activities and warm-up songs, the lads worked hard on pieces in preparation for our performance at St Paul’s Church, Colwyn Bay on 9th December and were fully engaged during the sessions which were led by our dedicated team of Choir Leaders and supported by our wonderful Community Leader.  We also managed to record a video of us singing a song which will be edited together to include clips of all our OBA choirs throughout Wales – we always look forward in anticipation to see the end result!” Aled Evans, Project Manager: North Wales

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“During our rehearsal on Saturday, we met with the other choirs to rehearse for our upcoming concert. This was an extremely helpful, beneficial, enjoyable, and enriching experience for us all from Rhyl, Wrexham, and Bangor.

During the time we spent at the Ask Centre, we greatly appreciated the space we had , as it allowed for us to work as a larger unit and as smaller groups to aid in our rehearsal. Without this, we wouldn’t have been able to have learn as much as we did. I found the space excellent!!!

Additionally, having the opportunity to rehearse as a group was extremely beneficial, as we were able to properly hear what it would be like as a whole unit and help us to work as a team , rather than separately.

As well as providing superb facilities, meeting together in Rhyl was excellent as we were able to meet those we had not seen in a while from other choirs and meet new people and form new friendships! We all had so much fun getting to spend the day together and have made lasting memories!

Having the extended session was brilliant too as during lunch those old enough to were able to go out into Rhyl and get food from various eateries. Being in Rhyl meant we had access to the town at out finger tips which really was helpful.

It was super convenient for me as I live and go to school in Rhyl (Christ the Word School). 

The experience, location and success from this rehearsal has been brilliant, we had an amazing time and are excited to get together again!” Joseph, Only Boys Aloud member, Rhyl

The day provided our Only Boys Aloud choir members with the opportunity to develop strong positive relationships with their peers and make new friends.

“It was a very busy but fun day supporting the members and staff.

There were music scores to check, water bottles to be filled, an eye to be kept making sure everyone was comfortable and happy, supporting the Choir Leaders to make sure each member was in the right place and facilitating a quiet reassuring moment for one member who felt a little anxious. There was also the opportunity to support the members to get to know each other better and I watched new friendships begin, with the chatter of excitement growing throughout the day. We also took the time to remind the members of some of values of OBA including be respectful to each other, which the members took on board throughout the day and listened quietly and patiently whilst each “voice section” rehearsed individually.

It was lovely to see so many new members joining us for the full North rehearsal on Saturday and even nicer to see the longer standing members giving them lots of help and a very warm welcome into the OBA family. 

My favourite part? – seeing the new members being a little shocked (in the nicest way) that they had just created such an incredible sound with the whole choir, the fist pumps and smiles made all the hard work so worth while” Sara Jones, Community Leader

We would like to thank the Gwynt y Môr Community Fund once again for their support of this project!

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