School Choir Search to Perform at Autumn Nations Series
29th September 2022, 2:45 pm By Principality Stadium
The WRU and Principality Stadium are on the hunt for four primary school choirs to perform on the greatest sporting stage in the world, at this year’s Autumn Nations Series.
This once in a lifetime experience, to perform at the home of Welsh Rugby is open to all primary schools across Wales. Four winning choirs will be invited to sing from a selection of much-loved rugby anthems including; Calon Lan, Cwm Rhondda and Sosban Fach, to a home crowd during half-time, at each of the international rugby matches this autumn.
Geraint John, WRU Community Director says, “Principality Stadium is where singing and sport collide. We want to inspire the next generation of music talent in Wales, therefore we’re delighted to announce such an exciting competition, that is open to all primary schools across the country. The once in a lifetime opportunity, to stand on the pitch at Principality Stadium during an international rugby match, with 70,000 supporters singing with you. It will be a magnificent experience.”
The WRU is inviting all school choirs to register for the competition via the WRU website and submit a video by 18th October 2022. Upon entry, teachers will have access to song sheets, lyrics and backing tracks for each song. The teachers can also access the competition via Welsh Government’s HWB online platform.
A panel of judges, including WRU Musical Director Haydn James, will decide the winner which will be announced via the WRU and Principality Stadium social media platforms at the end of October.
Haydn James, WRU Musical Director says, “Wales is justifiably proud of its choral tradition, and this competition will offer a unique experience to a new generation of young singers. We will be looking for a really lovely sound, with a blend of voices across the vocal parts. Diction and phrasing are so important, as is the need to convey the meaning behind the words. When all of this comes together, we will be hearing something special.”
Principality Stadium is celebrated across the globe for its atmosphere; and in addition to the sporting moments, the successful choirs will join a roster of the biggest names in music to have performed at the multi-event arena, from the Rolling Stones, U2, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and more recently, Ed Sheeran, Stereophonics and Sir Tom Jones who all had concerts at the stadium this summer.
All competition details and to enter your school choir click here.