THE ‘leading lights’ of a popular music studio for disadvantaged young people have been rewarded for their inspirational work in the community.

Chris Lloyd, Dave Gray, and Caroline Richards, who are the volunteer directors of Wrexham Sounds, are recipients of the UK Government’s daily Points of Light Award.

The programme is supported by all members of Parliament, highlighting the contributions that volunteers, charity leaders, campaigners, and social enterprises are making in their regions.

The trio will also receive a letter from the Prime Minister, a certificate of achievement and feature on the Points of Light website -

Announcing their success, a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “I am delighted to let you know that in recognition of your organisation Wrexham Sounds - which provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to transform their lives through music - you and your fellow board of directors have been recognised as Points of Light.

“The Prime Minister would like to write to you all, personally thanking you for your work - many congratulations again.”

A delighted Chris said: “Wrexham Sounds gives disadvantaged children and young people a way to express themselves, collaborate, learn, develop, and have fun.

“On behalf of the volunteers, staff, and freelancers who work tirelessly to make this happen, we are thrilled to receive this recognition.”

Since launching last summer, Wrexham Sounds has made huge progress in forging new partnerships and securing the services of talented freelance musicians and tutors to deliver lessons and activities across multiple genres.

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As well as children and teenagers who are referred via a range of local agencies and educators there are sessions for pupils unable to access music lessons at school.

For more information or to join the team at Wrexham Sounds as a freelance tutor or volunteer, visit and follow them on social media at @wrexhamsounds.

Wrexham Sounds is supported by Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Cable Services Ltd, Pan Stone Europe Ltd, The National Lottery Community Fund, Thomas Howells North Wales Educational Fund, Temperance Hall Trust, Wrexham County Borough Council, Yamaha Music Europe, Arts Council Wales, WCVA Third Sector Resilience Fund, The Moondance Foundation, Blakemore Foundation and AVOW.