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WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE IS OPEN TO CELEBRATE ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY     

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE IS OPEN TO CELEBRATE ITS 5TH BIRTHDAY Wales Millennium Centre will throw open its doors this weekend [14 and 15 November 2009] with a packed two days of free performances and activities to celebrate its 5th Birthday.

In its Open Weekend the Centre aims to give people a real ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse at the life of the Centre. In its first five years, more than 6.5 million people have already visited the Centre ‘ more than double the population of Wales.

Visitors to the Open Weekend will be encouraged to ‘make it yours’ by taking part in the activities, exploring the Centre and watching performances. Joining the Centre in its fun-filled weekend will be its resident organisations ensuring there will be something for everyone to enjoy this weekend.

Highlights of the Open Weekend include:
Backstage tours of Wales Millennium Centre including the Donald Gordon Theatre and the Centre’s resident organisations;
Theatre performances for children in the Weston Studio;
Rehearse with the Welsh National Opera and sing with them live on the Glanfa stage;
Performance workshops including family drama games and T Cerdd music workshops;
Taster sessions with Touch Trust to see how music and movement can improve health and happiness;
Watch National Dance Company Wales in rehearsal and take a tour of the dance house;
Meet the Centre’s staff and chat to them about what takes place here or what you would like to see at the Centre; and
Performances by Hijinx Odyssey and the Urdd and poetry readings by Academi

Fiona Allan, Wales Millennium Centre’s Artistic Director said: ‘We’re opening our doors this weekend so that people can call in, explore and take part in a range of activities to help us celebrate our 5th Birthday. It really is an ‘access-all-areas’ weekend where visitors can take a backstage tour, see performances or join in a drama, dance or music workshop.

‘People from across Wales and beyond have given their support to the Centre in its first five years. Opening up the Centre for a whole weekend is our way of recognising that support and giving something back to the community.’

The Centre will also host two special concerts during the weekend. On Saturday night, Celebrating Karl Jenkins, marks the Welsh composer’s 65th birthday and will feature some of his most famous works, including excerpts from his million-selling Adiemus. Joining Karl Jenkins onstage will be X-Factor runner ‘up Rhydian Roberts; soprano Rebecca Evans; harpist Catrin Finch; and singer Elin Fflur. The concert will also feature Sinfonia Cymru orchestra, conducted by Gareth Jones. The concert is presented in association with the National Assembly for Wales as it marks ten years of devolution in Wales.

Welsh National Opera (WNO) will perform Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony Number 9 on the Sunday evening. Under the baton of its new Musical Director Lothar Koenigs, the Chorus and Orchestra of the WNO will be joined by soloists including Camilla Roberts; Joanne Thomas; Wynne Evans; and David Soar, and a specially formed community choir.

For further information on the Open Weekend and the activities please visit www.wmc.org.uk/openday

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