Wrexham Street Songs is a three year programme delivered across the county by Welsh National Opera. Each year we have sparked the imagination of the people of Wrexham to think about opera differently. Community members have come together in writing workshops, community choirs, music composition classes and performed together.
Year One started with a bang. WNO’s first soap opera, Nine Stories High, took to our screens which had viewers gripped by the antics of Terry & Sandra. The script was born out of writing workshops across town, and the writers were able to see their work performed all over Wrexham town centre. If you need a bit more drama in your life have a look at Nine stories high YouTube page.
Year 2 began with BabyO and SensoryO. In collaboration with Scottish Opera, these charming interactive pieces, gave Mothers and a babies a new way to bond and brought the two even closer together. Mothers introduced their babies and toddlers to sound and song through imaginative stories where lions slept under the stars, and secret gardens lay untouched. A further project that helped mothers in the county was Blooming Voices. Mothers were taught to how to write a lullaby for their unborn child, something that they could keep and cherish forever.
Also this year, is our Singing Doctors project based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Running between Sept 12 – Jun 13, it’s helps patients, visitors and staff to believe, as we do,in the enormous power of music and its strength to help boost health, well being and how it can bring us together, even in the most testing times. The project includes Good Vibrations, led by the Singing Doctors, which offers free singing sessions to those living with or after cancer, and family and friends.
Sessions run every other Wednesday 11.30am – 12.30pm starting on Wednesday 12 September until June 2013, meeting at the Macmillan Information Centre, Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
In this third and final year of the project 2013/2014, as part of the Faith season, we will take residents on an operatic adventure to discover the wonders of their own town. This summer we will be working with the residents of the Caia Park in Wrexham to form a Family Choir for the estate.