This year for the first time following support from Arts and Business Cymru and the Awards for All Lottery Fund pupils from Fitzalan High School, Whitchurch High, Glantaf, Plasmawr and Bro Edern Secondary have taken part in music workshops with the actress and performer Tara Bethan and professional musician Mei Gwynedd to create five brand new bands to perform at Tafwyl.

Over the last two weeks the pupils from years 9 upwards have had the opportunity to learn new skills including choreography, production and performance.

Rachael Morgan-Jones of Fitzalan High School said;

“What an ideal opportunity for pupils to improve their musicianship and incidental Welsh hand in hand! If ever there is an example of the once exclusive Welsh language traditions reaching out to our bilingual learners, this is it.  Please come back and reach more of our pupils next year as Fitzalan pupils love to embrace the ‘old language’.”

Each new band will now be performing at Yurt T (the Youth Yurt) at Tafwyl on…

1/7/17 – 13.30 – DEFAID GLAS (Ysgol Glantaf)

1/7/17 – 14.00 – POPTY PINGS (Whitchurch High)

2/7/17 – 15.30 – CEIRW (Ysgol Bro Edern)

2/7/17 – 15.50 – MAFON (Ysgol Plasmawr)

2/7/17 – 16.15 – FITZ8 (Fitzalan High School)

For many of the pupils, especially from Fitzalan High and Whitchurch High, this will probably be their first visit to Tafwyl. It will be a great opportunity to experience the Welsh language on a social level, and will hopefully be a very positive experience full of fun and great memories.