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Primary Schools' Music Festival hits the right notes

A competition that gave young musicians in Swansea a chance to showcase their talents on the big stage has made a triumphant return.

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Hundreds of pupils from across the city excelled at the Primary Schools' Music Festival at the Brangwyn Hall.

Every primary in Swansea was invited to enter the competition run by Swansea Council's Music Service and 10 schools made to the final which was held as part of the Swansea International Festival.

First place went to YGG Llwynderw Choir, St Joseph's Cathedral Primary Choir came second and Llanrhidian Primary Woodwind Ensemble took third prize.

Organisers from the Swansea International Festival were so impressed with all the performers they also awarded prizes to the other seven schools who made the final - Oystermouth Primary, St. Thomas Primary, Gowerton Primary, Parkland Primary, Cwm Glas Primary, Llangyfelach Primary and Penclawdd Primary.

Karin Jenkins, Head of Swansea Music Unit, said: "On the day the standard and content of all performances were of a particularly high standard, which made it extremely difficult for the judges to select the winners.

"Both judges enjoyed the opportunity of sharing such excellent examples of musical group performances, including orchestras, instrumental ensembles, and choirs."

The Swansea Music Unit has developed out of the former West Glamorgan Music Service.

It provides music tuition to more than 80 per cent of schools in the city.

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Life Long Learning, said: "The service has some first class music teachers who do a wonderful job in nurturing our young musicians and this was clearly demonstrated by the standard of performances. Every school who took part can feel very proud."


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