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Secondary schools from across Wales are being invited to get involved in the world’s greatest singing competition this summer.

More than 200 schools are being contacted this week and offered the chance to send A level music students to join the audience for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The schools can apply for an allocation of tickets for students to take their seats in St David’s Hall, Cardiff for two of the heats and the grand final of the competition that runs between June 11 and 19.

Music and opera expert Simon Rees is also giving pupils pre-concert talks given to provide an insight into the competition and the music being performed.

Students will also be able to meet players from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and find out about their involvement in the competition.

This is the first time secondary school students have been involved in the education work that takes place around the competition which is held every two years.

In the run up to the competition members of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales will be working with primary school children from five schools across Cardiff in a special project linked to this year’s competition.

This year pupils from Birchgrove Primary School; Fairwater Primary School; Oakfield Primary School, St Mellons; Ysgol Mynydd Bychan, Gabalfa and Ysgol Pencae, Llandaff will be creating special arrangements of Welsh folk songs in creative music workshops.

Musicians from the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales will lead a series of music workshops at the schools. The workshops will culminate in special performances where competition contestants from around the world will be invited to visit the schools to hear the performances and to meet and talk to the pupils.

Pupils at Moorland Primary School in Cardiff, for example, met Finland’s Tommi Hakala who won the coveted Singer of the World title in 2003.

The project will help to develop music teaching in the classroom. All teachers involved have recently attended a special training day to prepare them for the project and were able to discover new and creative ways of making music in the classroom.

The project encompasses performing, composing and appraising, the three key skills related to the National Curriculum for Wales. Schools will also be encouraged to take part in cross curricular work through examining the different countries and cultures represented by contestants in the Competition.

This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and St David’s Hall, where BBC NOW is Orchestra in Residence.

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales education and community manager Suzanne Hay said; “The project with primary school pupils will help to develop music teaching in the classroom. All teachers involved have recently attended a special training day to help them prepare for the project and were able to discover new and creative ways of making music in the classroom.

“The project will encompass performing, composing and appraising, the three key skills related to the National Curriculum for Wales. Schools are also encouraged to explore the different countries and cultures represented by contestants. It provides a great opportunity for young people to feel an association with the competition and to connect and engage with the competitors.”

As in previous years, the workshops will culminate in special performances of the new arrangements of the Welsh folk songs. Competition contestants will be invited to visit the schools to hear the children perform and to meet and talk to the pupils.

“We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the education department at St David's Hall. This project represents our ongoing collaboration with the venue, where we are Orchestra in Residence.”

The education project has been made possible with the support of the Education Department of St David's Hall, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Friends of the National Orchestra of Wales, Colwinston Charitable Trust, Raymond M Burton Charitable Trust, C. and G. Lawson Foundation and the Gibbs Charitable Trust.

Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are also invited to join the audience and one of the competition judges Helmut Deutsche will be giving a master class at the college.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, June 11-19. For tickets call 029 2087 8889 or visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

 
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