Sunday 23 April sees the first Ffatri Llais workshop take place, held at Y Neuadd Fach, Pontyrhyd, near Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire.
Aimed at amateur singers over 25, the workshop, organised by the National Eisteddfod and Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru (the society which supports local eisteddfodau in Wales) and supported by Tŷ Cerdd, will guide singers and help them to develop the confidence to compete in eisteddfodau, on different levels, and perform in concerts across Wales.
The session is open to the public, and will not only give people an insight into the hard work and perseverence associated with preparing for a concert or competition, but is also a chance to experience how the help and support of a professional coach can help to hone a singer's skills, even within a short amount of time.
Leading the workshop will be Sian Meinir, who is herself an experienced soloist and adjudicator. Sian will be joined by one of Wales’ most prominent accompanists, Eirian Owen. The workshop will offer guidance to each soloist within a group of singers, in a relaxed and positive environment. It will be an opportunity to develop performing skills, which will focus on bringing songs to life while achieving the highest possible level, thus achieving a more polished vocal performance.
Places for the workshop are limited. If you are interested, contact Shân Crofft, Development Officer for Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru, firstname.lastname@example.org or an application form can be downloaded from the website www.steddfota.org. Sessions are also being organised in north and mid Wales on 6-7 May, and anyone interested should contact Shân.
The workshop runs from 10.30 until 17.00 on Sunday.