Welsh National Opera (WNO) is unveiling a three year, £120,000 arts project for north Wales.

The Max Project is "the first time WNO has offered up such a focused plan of activity in North Wales," according to Rhian Hutchings, director of the project, who was speaking to the North Wales Daily Post.

"Everyone from primary school children to regulars at the local community centre will be involved. There will be singing days, recitals and the chance to join a community choir that will take part in the world première of Gair Ar Gnawd, a new work."

The project will be based in Wrexham, which is celebrating a year of culture in 2011, and will feature a new opera inspired by Bishop William Morgan, the Welsh Bible translator, an opera pops concert, brass concerts and recitals by WNO musicians.

"Opera is a great vehicle for telling stories to a new audience, drawing on experiences that help shape their lives," says Hutchings. "We're interested in hearing those stories told in both Welsh and English, so Gair A Gnawd will put centre stage a key event in Welsh history that still resonates today."


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