Eurovision 2019

#CHOIR19: Introducing Wales – Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion

Wales return for the second Eurovision Choir contest, after taking part in the augural edition in Riga, two year’s ago. This year, the Welsh will be represented by Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion and will feature tenth in the running order.

The following biography about Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion has been sourced from the EBU Press Handbook. Therefore the following biography is credited to the European Broadcasting Union:

Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion is an innovative music school based in the picturesque Teifi Valley, West Wales, UK. It was founded in 1993 by Islwyn Evans to promote singing of the highest standard amongst the youth of the area. Children and young people attend weekly lessons and choir rehearsals in the market town of Newcastle Emlyn. Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion has established itself at the forefront of the youth choral movement with an impressive list of achievements including 10 international trophies at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod as well as multiple awards at the Music For Youth Festival, School Proms and the National Eisteddfod. They were awarded the title ‘CôrCymru’ for a record third time in S4C’s bi-annual flagship choral competition earlier this year

Concert tours include visits to California, Toronto, Patagonia, Paris, Cologne, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland and a visit to Norway at the end of August.

The choir follows a rigorous schedule of concerts, recent performances include appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, London and the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. Other venues include concert hallsand churches throughout Wales: St.David’s Hall, Cardiff; Llandaff Cathedral; Brangwyn Hall, Swansea and St. David’s Cathedral. Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion contributes regularly to charity events and good causes as well as performing in local homes for the elderly. It has also appeared on numerous TV and radio broadcasts and released several CD recordings as well as regularly commissioning new works from contemporary Welsh composers such as Gareth Glyn, Brian Hughes, Karl Jenkins and Héctor MacDonald from Patagonia.

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: European Broadcasting Union

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