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Pendine Arts and Community Trust sponsor the vocal finalists at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Pictured: Winner Charlotte Hoather from Winsford in Cheshire is presented with the Pendine award from Pendine’s Mario Kreft

A “supremely talented soprano” has launched a search to find the world’s most talented young singers.

According to Charlotte Hoather, 25, winning the prestigious Pendine International Voice of the Future competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod last year catapulted her career to a new level on the global stage.

Organisers say entries are already flooding in for the prestigious competition this year which has a first prize of £5,000, along with a £2,000 cheque for the runner up.

Every year the picturesque town of Llangollen in the Dee Valley welcomes around 4,000 international performers and around 50,000 visitors to the week-long festival of music and dance.

Among the highlights of the week is the prestigious Pendine International Voice of the Future competition, which showcases young talent alongside other gifted global performers.

Once again this year the arts-loving care organisation, Pendine Park, is contributing £5,000 to the prize fund and a beautiful silver salver via the Pendine Arts and Community Trust, with the balance coming from Sir Bryn’s Terfel’s foundation and Llangollen Eisteddfod.

Following her “life-changing” experience last year, Charlotte, from Winsford, in Cheshire, is urging other young soloists not to miss the deadline for entries on March 1.

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Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) celebrates all forms of Welsh Language music. Whether you’re into indie, rock, punk, funk, folk, electronica, hip-hop or anything else, there’s incredible music being made in the Welsh language for you to discover.

And in Wrexham has a full day of activities and music in Tŷ Pawb to celebrate!

FREE evening music gig! 

A fantastic line up, including local band Seazoo, promises for a great night of music.

The line-up: 

  • HMS Morris
  • Seazoo
  • Ani Glass
  • Blind Wilkie McEnroe

The first band starts at 6.45pm.

*  Article from Wrexham Council News *

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On Friday 22nd February,  Techniquest Glyndwr will be hosting workshops for students with a visual impairment.  Schools are invited to bring along students in either the morning slot (10-12pm) or the afternoon slot (12;45-2;45).

On Saturday 23rdFebruary, a workshop between 10-12pm will be open to members of the public with a visual impairment.

The workshops are FREE, but places are limited so booking for all sessions is essential.

Please call us on 01978 294 400to reverse your slot.

Interested?  Here’s more information…

Curious as to what particle accelerators can tell us about the universe?

Tactile Collider is a project which makes the science behind the Large Hadron Collider and particle physics accessible to all. A fully immersive experience, which guides participants through the particle content of the universe and the form and function of a particle accelerator.

Join us to experience the sights, sounds and feeling of particle accelerator physics, meet real life researchers and immerse yourself in cutting edge science.

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FOCUS Wales are thrilled to be working alongside SXSW to present an exciting show in Wrexham during Independent Venue Week, which takes place next Friday 1st February at The Live Rooms, Wrexham featuring three exciting Welsh acts.

In what is challenging times for independent new music venues, with the number of independent music venues facing closure rising throughout Wales and the UK, Focus Wales set out to support and celebrate this important North Wales new music venue, and the 3 exciting Welsh acts playing on the night. Venues such as The Live Rooms in Wrexham are often the first venues to give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience, and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

The Wrexham show will feature performances from two of the nation’s most hotly tipped artists GALLOPS and KIDSMOKE, who will both be flying the flag for Wales at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas this March. The bands will be joined by much hyped newcomers GLOVE, who have been taken under the wing of the award winning author and music journalist John Robb.

 Independent Venue Week brings together venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.

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The Clwydian Range Tourism Group have launched their Stay, Eat, Do campaign and pictured, from left, are Co-ordinator Julie Masters, activities providers Richard Haggerty and Carl Percival, Sue Hallows, Raven Inn; Jane Clough, Clwydian Range Tourism Group; Ceri Lloyd, Clwydian Range AONB, and Gwyn Rowlands, Cadwyn Clwyd. Picture Mandy Jones

A brand new tourism project aimed at boosting the rural economy by encouraging visitors to one of Wales’s most beautiful regions to make more of their stays has been launched in North East Wales.

Stay, Eat, Do is intended to provide packages combining accommodation, food and activities across the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wales’s largest AONB.

It has been put together by the Clwydian Range Tourism Group following a feasibility study commissioned by rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd. The newly-appointed Project Co-ordinator Julie Masters said: “We want people to come here, stay longer and experience more of what the region has to offer.

“Visitors tend to come for a day or perhaps a weekend but if we can create bespoke itineraries for them involving places to stay, places to eat and things to do then maybe they will extend their stays to a long weekend or even a week.

“We have begun to put together those packages as part of a three-year programme and we want to hear from as many of the tourism providers as we can to create memorable, interesting and exciting visitor experiences that combine all three elements.

“This is a three-year programme so if you would like to look at future activities we want to hear from you.”

Stay, Eat Do will run until summer 2021 and cost £71,000 with funding from Cadwyn Clwyd and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and the support of Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire Councils who are also working with the project.

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This Weekend

Thursday/Dydd Iau

9am - Breakfast

11am - Empowerment Hour

12pm - Happy Talk

1pm - The Business Community

3pm - Mindful Musings

4.30pm - One for the Road

7pm - Roxi Turner-Jones






Friday / Dydd Gwener

7am - Early Breakfast

9am - Breakfast

10am - Jamie G

12pm - Femme Creators

1pm - Siema Good Vibes

2pm - Tied to the 90s

6pm - The Mike Derry Show

8pm - Rhianwen Pullen

10pm - Graeme Park

Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn

8am - John Tudor

10am - Kickstart

12pm - Stage & Screen

8pm - Future Fresh

2am - Dance Nation

Sunday/Dydd Sul

10am - James Evans

12pm - Matthew Barnes

2pm - Weekend Wing Ding

4pm - Jamie G

6pm - Classical XOver

Monday/Dydd Llun

6pm - Home Is Where The Art Is

8pm - Let's Talk Sport

9pm - Powerzone

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