1000-Voice Youth Choir to raise money in Cardiff

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 18:26

Paul Condon Paul Condon Digital Content Producer

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On Friday 16 November (Appeal Night itself!) a remarkable Cardiff-based youth group will be responsible for one of the most ambitious fundraising events ever staged by a voluntary organisation to support the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Gwawr Edwards and John Owen-Jones Gwawr and John will perform at a fundraising concert in Cardiff on 16 Nov 2012

Hybu Pobl Ifanc has brought together a choir of over 1,000 young voices – drawn from schools across South Wales to stage a concert in the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - and they have succeeded in attracting star guest performances from West End superstar John Owen-Jones (fresh from his success as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, and his record breaking run as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables) and renowned Welsh Soprano, Gwawr Edwards. The evening will be presented by Behnaz Akhgar with a special guest appearance from Pudsey Bear.

Tickets for the event are now available, and can be purchased via Ticketline.

The concert will feature a wide variety of music, and the huge logistical challenge of co-ordinating and conducting such a formidable gathering of young voices falls to the Musical Director Jeff Ryan. Volunteers from Hybu Pobl Ifanc who originated the idea will be working hard behind the scenes and in front of house to help give the audience a night to remember.

The Co-ordinator, Gill James, explained that Hybu Pobl Ifanc is a voluntary organisation with members aged 16-18 from Cardiff, Newport & Blaenau Gwent who work to develop their volunteering skills and gain experience of event management to benefit others.

Over the years they have raised tens of thousands of pounds in support of BBC Children in Need, but this is by far their most ambitious undertaking to date. "This is young people supporting young people, learning valuable skills in the process, and helping raise resources for children who really need their support. Being able to do this with the active support of two internationally renowned musical stars is a tremendous boost, and I hope the Arena will be sold out on a memorable evening."

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    Good luck to all those taking part...I know you have practised hard, particularly ARW school choir :)

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    Comment number 2.

    So excited to be going to the concert to watch my youngest son perform. Good luck to all the children taking part from The Dell School in Chepstow.

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    Comment number 3.

    Good luck to all the children taking part, especially Cwm Glas Primary School from Swansea.

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    Comment number 4.

    Good luck to all the children singing tonight from the staff and parents at St Mary's + St Patrick's RC Primary in Maesteg.

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    Comment number 5.

    we were told our kids would on telly but we cannot find what time and what channel! anyone know

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    Comment number 6.

    tell me bout it i watched it all nite and didnt show them . nw i ave 2 tell my little girl she wasnt on xx

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    Comment number 7.

    I was out at a different event on the night, but recorded the BBC Children in need show, hoping to have caught some of the children singing. By the time we eventually got home (after 10pm) our children insisted on watching the recording, but there was only footage inside the millenuem center. We were told that they would be on the show, but they aren't. Very disappointing, I certainly wont be helping this group raise any money next year.

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    Comment number 8.

    I think thats how they conned us.....and yes I do feel conned.
    We were told....... "Your child has been picked to sing in the 1000 voice choir for children in need, it will be a live televised event". please sign here"
    Because of finical reasons I could not afford to go. but felt safe in knowledge I would not miss her because I could record her and watch it together. now thats been ruined for me I missed my chance to see my daughter. If I would have known it would not have been recorded I would have got the money some how
    THANKS A LOT BBC.
    the kids in Millennium centre were probably BBC workers kids or the shows producer is a "friend" of that choir, thats how it seems work with them a very closed old boy network.

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    Comment number 9.

    my daughter is very upset we recorded all of the children in need show and today we watched best bits and the 1000 voice youth choir is nowhere to be seen.all these children worked very hard and spent hours waiting to perform ,didnt get back to swansea untill 11 pm (exhausted) and have not been on the tv.my daughter is now saying that she would not want to do this again next year as they were told they were going to be on tv and everyone was going to see them ,and as they were not she is really disappointed.BBC not very nice thing to do to 1000 children.

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    Comment number 10.

    What a shame our children were not acknowledged by the BBC! I don't know whose fault this was but to promise these children that they would be on the television and then to sit through the whole of the Children In Need program and also the Best Bits this evening and not see them was disappointing to say the least. My daughter was devastated, and after all her hard work. Her school, along with all the others from much further afield, were there from 1.15 until 10.30 last night!

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    Comment number 11.

    yes totally agree my daughter ended up crying cos she was dissapointed. and they took the chance away from us 2 c our child . as we thought they wd b showed on tv. like the other person said if we know. we wood ave found a way 2 go 2 cardiff 2 see them. a total sham n con. not nice 2 see young kids dissapointed like this. espically by a well know cos. my child didnt get home till gone 11. n was exhausted at 10 years old..

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    Comment number 12.

    As a teacher from one school performing and a mum of another school, I was highly disppointed that the 1000 voice choir was not shown on the BBC as previously informed. The children have rehearsed for weeks, volunteers have given up their time and tickets cost a fortune!! Many people stayed at home to watch it from their lounge only to be let down. I appreciate the whole concert could not be shown but 1000 children from lots of schools is something to be celebrated. A two minute slot would have done! The Millennium Theatre was shown several times throughout the evening with a professional choir. The Motorpoint arena had real kids with real enthusiasm and it is a shame that many went home to watch themselves only to find it wasn't aired. Next year, maybe you could spread the coverage. On a lighter note...the 1000 children were FANTASTIC and we are all proud of them no matter what.

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    Comment number 13.

    Totally agree with all the points made by "happygirly1." Well said!

 

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