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Schools Day adjudicators & workshop announced

Great news for North Wales Schools! We have been extra organised and already secured our three festival schools day adjudicators AND our workshop facilitator!

So, let’s start by telling you all about the three people that will be lucky enough to hear you sing! First of all we have Mari Lloyd Pritchard returning, Mari has been with us since the very beginning when the Festival Schools Day first started in 2013.

Mari graduated in music at Bangor University, winning a special award for her recital as a trained Soprano. Soon after achieving great success as Artistic and Musical Director of the Anglesey Youth Theatre, she established the Anglesey Youth Choir which now has over 120 members.

Mari won the award as ‘Best Conductor’ in the 2007 Côr Cymru (Choir of Wales) competition and since has been fortunate to sing on many famous stages such as the Albert Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Mari is a member of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Advisory Board. She has adjudicated at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and will this year be one of the Choral Judges at the National Eisteddfod.

Our second adjudicator took part in the festival for the first time last year and she was that impressed that she is joining us again, it’s the wonderful Nia Morgan. Nia studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She teaches music part time in primary and secondary schools in the Bala area in North Wales. Nia works part time also for the William Mathias Music School Service as Voice and Piano tutor.

In 2009 she formed Bala Ladies' choir who are Twice National Winners within the last 3 years. Nia adjudicated in the Urdd National Eisteddfod several times and for many years has adjudicated in Celtic Festivals all over Ireland.

Then last but not least we have our brand new schools day adjudicator! We are thrilled to announce that Robat Arwyn will be joining our wonderful trio.

Composer, choral director, adjudicator and radio presenter, Robat Arwyn’s choral works and songs are much performed across Wales and beyond. Some of the most recent performances and recordings have been by renowned artists such as Bryn Terfel, Rhys Meirion, The Priests, Shan Cothi, Côr Glanaethwy and Wynne Evans, and three collections of his songs have been released by Sain Records.

He joined Côr Rhuthun in 1981, became their accompanist in 1987, and since 2008 has been their Musical Director. He has adjudicated at many eisteddfodau, both local and national, and many of his songs are regularly used as test pieces.

We are then very excited to announce that Carol Thomas will return as our workshop facilitator, we’re pretty certain any choirs that competed last year will be just as excited as us about this news! Carol had everyone up on their feet last year including all the grown-ups! Carol worked as a primary school teacher for 28 years and since then has been working for Conwy Music Service where she works with classes and whole schools on singing and arranging music for them. Carol also works on the Expressive Arts Team for Conwy, where she gives drumming and samba workshops! That sounds a lot of noisy fun!

After the success of last year’s workshop we were so happy to invite her back to the 2016 Festival Schools Day.

So if you would like to meet our three adjudicators and our workshop facilitator then get that entry form filled in to guarantee your place for our fun filled choral day!

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