Arts, Business & Young People 2018
Sponsored by Hern & Crabtree
Stephen Thornton, Valero & Richard Mylan
Image by Glenn Edwards
Focussed on enhancing the lives and futures of young people in Pembrokeshire, Valero sponsored the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) to establish a drama training project in 2013. The West Wales Young Actors Studio addresses the lack of local specialist drama opportunities and the business’ support provides bursaries for financially disadvantaged students. In the past year, the number of teenagers engaged in training and outreach workshops has continued to grow with some of the participants going on to pursue drama at many of the UK’s most prestigious conservatoires. Valero is committed to playing a part in developing talent in its local community.
Its sponsorship continues and will be extended this year as the RWCMD will deliver workshops on confidence-building for female staff at Valero’s Pembrokeshire refinery. The judges called the ongoing partnership “a brilliant project that effectively opens doors for young people”.
The Hodge Foundation funded The Aloud Charity to create a unique songwriting project for teenage boys on Merthyr Tydfil’s Gurnos Estate. Members of the local Only Boys Aloud choir worked with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Wadge and Aloud’s Artistic Director, Tim Rhys-Evans on writing skills as well as vocal technique and performance. Weekend workshops culminated in an informal concert and the recording of a new song. The partnership was so successful that similar projects are planned for the next 12 months.
Snowdonia National Park Authority
The Authority sponsored In Character to create a one-man show about the poet Hedd Wyn. To
mark the centenary of his death in WW1, his home, Yr Ysgwrn, was renovated and opened to
the public. The play was performed at the official opening and attracted visitors to Yr Ysgwrn.
It also toured schools and festivals throughout Wales to an audience of over 10,000 primary school children and demand for the inspirational show continues.