13 singers get South African concert invite
SOME 13 young singers will travel to Cape Town for a concert with Only Kids Aloud.
They will be part of 70 youngsters, selected for the Wales Millennium Centre/Only Kids Aloud choir, who have been invited to sing with Cape Town Opera in South Africa next April, during cultural celebrations to mark 20 years of democracy in the Rainbow Nation.
Michael Williams, managing director of Cape Town Opera, surprised the young choir members with the invitation as they came together for the first time for rehearsals at Wales Millennium Centre on Wednesday last week.
Speaking via video message, with Table Mountain in the background, Mr Williams, congratulated the young singers on being selected for the choir after making it through a tough two- stage audition process.
By complete surprise he then invited the youngsters to perform alongside at Cape Town Opera in the Artscape Theatre Centre, near Cape Town's waterfront next spring.
"Cape Town Opera and Wales Millennium Centre have had a close relationship over the years — we love your theatre," said Mr Williams in his video message. "Now, we need to talk about our next collaboration. There have been many months of discussion as to how we can bring the best of Wales to the world, and take the best of the world to Wales.
"So we've come up with an idea that can take you — of course, the best of Wales — to come here . . . we would like to formally invite you to come to Cape Town as our special guests."
The invitation was received with screams of delight from the young choir who were gathered with their parents at Wales Millennium Centre.
Choir member Luke Rees, from Kidwelly, said "I'm amazed. I can't think of anything more exciting.
"I'm really looking forward to singing with the opera, with African children, with the orchestra. It's so exciting."
Children from the Journal circulation area who are expected to travel to Cape Town are: Lia Jones, Nia Gwenan Lewis, Ben Thomas and Finn O'Neill, from Ammanford, Mari Phillips, from Newcastle Emlyn, Luke Rees, from Kidwelly, Jessica Priday, from Foelgastell, Ted Drinkall, from Llanwrda, Molly Evans, from Drefach Felindre, Charlotte Saunders, from Llanybydder, Maisie Thompson, from Cardigan, Esyllt Thomas, from Crymych and James Hope, from Nevern Felindre.