Inspirational singing from Cardiff International Academy of Voice

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On Friday they'll be giving a Gala Concert at Cardiff University's Corbett Hall and last weekend saw them working with pupils from three South East Wales schools - Howell's School and Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr in Cardiff and Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd.

It was the culmination of a 10 week project to give 16-18 year olds the experience of singing operatic choruses alongside the professionals and then to perform the extracts from six operas at BBC Hoddinott Hall in a cleverly staged production by Thomas Oliver.

The whole cast - pupils and young professionals - performed brilliantly and the schools and Academy are looking forward to being able to continue the work and increase young people's interest in opera.

On Thursday's Radio Wales Arts Show I'll be joined by Australian mezzo-soprano Lauren Easton and Welsh tenor Alun Rhys Jenkins. They'll be telling me more about the different experiences they're gaining on the CIAV course and proving that the operatic world is anything but stuffy.

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