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 the community 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 on YouTube.
Year Two began with BabyO and SensoryO. In collaboration with Scottish Opera, these charming interactive pieces, gave mothers and babies a new way to bond and brought family units even closer. A further project that helped mothers in the county was BloomingVoices, a project which invited pregnant women to share emotions and their experiences with each other, to reap the benefits of singing for both mothers and babies. The mothers wrote lullabies to their children and, through support found in each other and our WNO artists, their words became songs and their songs became art; something to keep and cherish forever. Also in Year Two was the Singing Doctors project, based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The Singing Doctors helped patients, visitors and staff 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 of times.
WNO's leading project in Wrexham for Year Three is Côr Caia Choir. Set up in April 2013 as part of an initiative to unite families and people of all ages to encourage community and friendship with the help of music, a choir was formed on the Caia Park estate - one of the largest estates in Europe.
Côr Caia Choir meet every week during term time at the Kingsley Circle Community Centre. Rehearsals are geared towards having fun and growth through singing, with Musical Director Jenny Pearson getting everyone involved - whether the choir is dabbling with Take That or Jenny’s favourite song about a donkey (not forgetting all the actions). This Autumn, the choir will be taking part in workshops with composer Helen Woods and writer Peter Read to create an original Anthem for Wrexham County. To join in or for further information, please see the contact details at the bottom of this page.
In June 2013, Côr Caia Choir performed in concert with local Wrexham schools as part of National CânSing Day; their next performance will be in collaboration with the Wrexham Community Choir at Christmas time with sights set on further exciting plans for the future.
Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and WNO Community Champions.
For further information on Wrexham Street Songs, or to just chat about any of the projects above contact Ruth, WNO Producer, or call 029 2063 5061.
Côr Caia Choir runs every Tuesday of term time, from 3.30pm-5.00pm at the Kingsley Circle Community Centre. (LL13 9HG). It is held on a drop-in basis, so if you’re curious why not come and join in? There are no costs involved; we provide the laughter, entertainment and refreshments for free!
Musical Director: Jenny Pearson | Repetiteur: Annette Bryn Parri |Composer: Helen Woods | Writer: Peter Read WNO Youth & Community Producer: Ruth Evans | WNO Côr Caia Choir Project Manager: Branwen Jones
Our Wrexham Street Songs Facebook page is especially handy if you live in Wrexham, or would like to keep tabs on us from further afield. The Wrexham Street Songs Facebook page is updated regularly with photos and video so you can see what goes on in your community. This is where upcoming workshops, trips and other activities are posted.