Hodge Arts Award 2018
Winner: The Aloud Charity
Tim Rhys-Evans, The Aloud Charity, Karen Hodge, Hodge Foundation, Rachel Dominy, The Aloud Charity & Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM
The judges wished to recognise the significant impact the work of Aloud has on young people across Wales, made possible by its creative and sustainable partnerships with business.
Principality Building Society has sponsored Only Boys Aloud (OBA) since its formation in 2010 and the partnership continues to flourish with key financial support for all 14 choirs across Wales, as well as the annual residential academy.
The Hodge Foundation’s support of Aloud, which began in 2017, enabled the charity to focus on work with young people in disadvantaged areas. A song-writing project took place on the Gurnos Estate in Merthyr when the teenagers worked with Grammy Award-winning Amy Wadge to create and record a new song. This not only developed new skills, but was an extraordinary experience that increased the boys’ aspirations for life.
Aloud’s newest business partnership, with Care Forum Wales, developed engagement with communities where OBA choirs are based and focussed on inter-generational work. For two weeks, the boys rehearsed in eight care homes across Wales, involving residents and culminating in an informal Christmas concert. Plans are already in place to extend this initial project into an integral part of the OBA programme.
The judges had no doubt that The Aloud Charity’s impressive range of business partnerships made it the clear winner of the 2018 Arts Award.
Hijinx for its innovative partnership with Cardiff University School of Medicine which provides paid professional work for learning disabled actors while benefitting a new generation of doctors.
Music in Hospitals & Care Cymru in recognition of its creative partnerships with ScottishPower Foundation and Western Power Distribution. The judges wished to commend the small team of the arts organisation on the impressive and focussed way it works with business.