Concert to mark Llangollen Pavilion upgrade

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

CHILDREN across Wales are set to benefit from a new partnership between Llangollen Pavilion and a children’s rights charity.

The arts and entertainment venue, now undergoing a £1.6 million refurbishment, will donate profits from its reopening concert on Wednesday, May 26, to the charity Tros Gynnal.

The concert, featuring some of North Wales’ most talented artists and musicians, is the first in a series of events that will raise funds for the charity.

Llangollen Pavilion’s communication officer Elin Williams said: “Tros Gynnal is helping some of the most vulnerable children in Wales and we are delighted to be able to champion this valuable work.

“The decision to support a leading Welsh charity comes as the Pavilion starts a new chapter in the history of the venue following its refurbishment, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Denbighshire County Council.

“The reopening will see more links to both North Wales artists and the local community, as well as attracting national performers.

“We hope as many people as possible will join us for the reopening concert, which promises to be a very entertaining night.”

Taking part will be the internationally acclaimed male voice choir, Côr Godre’r Aran from Bala, Adran Rhuthun, a choir of primary school-age children already achieving national success, Wrexham band Heal the Last Stand and local duo Rachel Lloyd and Matt Nicholls.

Sophie McKeand, Llangollen Pavilion’s Poet for 2010, will open the show and there will be a performance from New Dance.

Tros Gynnal provides a range of services that help keep children safe, promotes children’s rights, ensures their voices are heard and helps families stay together.

It now employs more than 80 people, delivers more than 26 projects across Wales and through its fundraising activities seeks to raise valuable donations  every year to support the work.

Sebastian Morgan-Clare, the charity’s head of fundraising, said: “We are delighted to be forming a partnership with a prestigious venue like Llangollen Pavilion.

“Its strong Welsh connections and wide range of high quality events will help raise the profile of Tros Gynnal and also support our work with some of Wales’ most vulnerable children.”

Later in the year Tros Gynnal will bring its annual art exhibition to Llangollen Pavilion.

Professional Welsh artists donate a piece of their work which will be displayed at the Pavilion and two other venues in Wales before being auctioned to raise money for the charity.

Tickets for the reopening concert, which starts at 7.30pm, are available from Llangollen Pavilion’s website at www.pavilion-llangollen.com.

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