THE countdown to the 2019 Wrexham Singing Streets choir festival has begun.
The annual event, organised by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas in partnership with Wrexham Glyndwr University, Wrexham Council and John Jones Quality Acoustics, is returning for a fourth year.
It will take place on Saturday, September 28, when 31 choirs will sing at various locations around the town centre throughout the day.
The 2019 festival had its official launch on Monday, June 17 when two school choirs who are due to perform on the day – Ysgol Bodhyfryd and Victoria CP School – sang at Wrexham Glyndwr University. There were speeches from Mr Lucas, Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and the Mayor of Wrexham, Rob Walsh.
Mr Lucas said: “I’m immensely proud of Wrexham Singing Streets and am grateful to the many people who work so hard to make the event such a success.
“It is a big event not just for Wrexham, but for North Wales. There are choirs from near and far, some of which come a very long way to take part in our event to promote Wrexham, to promote singing and to promote what a positive place Wrexham is.
“The event has grown steadily since its inception and it was wonderful to see the town so full of people last year. Everywhere you looked, there were choirs and people enjoying the music on offer.
“The young choirs who performed at this week’s launch event were exceptional and gave a real glimpse of what we can look forward to seeing and hearing on September 28.
Professor Hinfelaar added: “It has been lovely for us to have a wonderful performance by two school choirs right here on campus, to launch theSinging Streets festival a couple of months before the event.
“Singing Streets has been a huge success for the town since it began – four years ago now. We have been delighted to have been closely involved in the festival right from the start.
“It not only provides valuable experiences for our students studying creative degrees such as Live Sound, but also gives them the chance to help do something for the good of our local area. That is something that we, as a university, are very keen to encourage.”
Wrexham Singing Streets 2019 is sponsored by Wrexham Night Safe, Gateway Church, Rawson Digital and the Rotary Club of Wrexham Erddig.
More than 30 choirs have already signed up and, with an average of 30 people per choir, there will be hundreds of singers in the town on September 28. Many of the choirs attending are from the Wrexham area but others are coming from further afield. The music on offer will feature a variety of different styles, appealing to all ages.
As in previous years, the choirs will gather in Queen’s Square for a ‘big sing’ at 1pm when members of the public get the chance to sing along too.