SINGING pupils have been captured on film as part of an international project sharing music with children around the world.
The film will take its place alongside films from schools in other countries as part of the the British Council’s World Voice scheme.
Students at Welsh medium Ysgol Glanrafon in Mold were chosen to represent Wales for the Flintshire Council supported project.
Working with Suzanne Barnes from CaST Cymru which works to raise the profile of singing across Wales, 37 year five and six children spent yesterday morning being recorded singing four traditional Welsh songs.
The completed film will form part of an online resource that will allow schools from other countries to master the Welsh songs for themselves.
Wales is one of a growing number of countries working on the British Council project which aims to form an international network bringing high quality singing education to children across the world.
Suzanne said the children had done a fantastic job.
“We were really impressed by what we saw this morning,” she said.
Deputy headteacher Einir Huws who is also music coordinator at Glanrafon said taking part and representing Wales had been a huge privilege for the children as well as for the school.
She said the children had been practising the songs for three weeks – ever since they heard they had been nominated – and she said the efforts had been well worth it.
“It was just a brilliant experience for them,” she said. “It took all morning to record but they loved every minute of it. And they were very well-behaved.”
The children were also recorded saying the words without music and then some children were chosen to pronounce the words extra carefully to help children overseas unfamiliar with the Welsh language.
The children will soon be able to be viewed around the world, singing four songs specially chosen to be beamed internationally, including the Welsh national anthem Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
Mrs Huws said Glanrafon children have also taken the opportunity to watch videos from other countries on the World Voice website.
“It was nice for them to see different cultures and to experience it from the other side,” Mrs Huws said.
The different countries films can be viewed on the British Council Schools website.