A COMMUNITY choir from a Colwyn Bay housing estate has won national acclaim.
The choir from Parc Peulwys and surrounding communities in Llysfaen,earned a rousing reception when they made their debut at the prestigious North Wales International Musical Festival, in St Asaph, last year conducted by Royal composer Paul Mealor.
Now the pioneering project has been recognised by the Arts and Business Cymru organisationand was highly commended at a glittering ceremony at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
The sell-out concert at St Asaph Cathedral was an unforgettable experience for the choir made up of children and adults.
It was also a memorable occasion for the St Asaph-born conductor and composer, Prof Paul Mealor, who returned to the cathedral where he himself was a chorister as a boy.
Prof Mealor shot to world-wide fame thanks to the Royal wedding anthem he wrote for Prince William and Kate Middleton and music for the Military Wives’ two chart topping hits.
Now, he’s also written a special lullaby for their son, Prince George of Cambridge.
The choir was the brainchild of Andrew Bowden, the Chief Executive of housing association Cartrefi Conwy, who have embarked on a £4 million improvement programme on the estate.
With the help of the festival’s Artistic Director Ann Atkinson, the dream became a reality with funding from contractors G Purchase Construction Ltd and Arts and Business Cymru through their Culture Step Programme.
Ann Atkinson said: “It was very, very emotional after working with them and seeing how they developed and how they got used to singing in harmony and reading the music.
“To see them get up on stage and perform like that is absolutely amazing. It was utterly remarkable. and the recognition from Arts and Business Cymru is the icing on the cake.”
News of the accolade was music to the ears of Cartrefi Conwy Chief Executive Andrew Bowden and Jeff Bell, Group Commercial Director of G Purchase Construction Ltd.
Mr Bell said: “It’s the local people who have delivered this - they have done themselves proud and made us very proud.
“We’re just lucky to be associated with this project.”
For more information about this year’s festival and how to buy tickets go to: www.nwimf.com