Welsh and Proud: School’s Songwriting Sessions took place in 2014. Participating schools were Michealston Community College, Willows High School, Fitzalan High School and Mary Immaculate High. In addition, Ysgol Plasmawr did a joint bilingual session with Radyr Comprehensive.

The project ran as a series of five half day inclusive songwriting workshops in July 2014. During the sessions pupils also developed essential songwriting skills. This resulted in them writing a song that captured & celebrated the essence of Pride Cymru and all it stands for.

songwriting project   songwriting awardDigital media company Vibe Creative filmed each session as a fly-on-the-wall documentary. The songs were then judged by beat poet & youth worker Ian Bazzard, Welsh folk legend Huw Williams, poet/playwright Patrick Jones, Radio Cardiff DJ Scott Travers and up and coming singer/songwriters Lloyd Best and Bethanie Morgan.

The winning song (Mary Immaculate’s Person Within) was later recorded and produced by Paul Lyons of Sound Progression. Pupils recorded the song in Butetown Pavilion Youth Centre. Pride Cymru also screened the song and documentary at the festival on 16th August 2014. The pupils won a trophy and a signed photograph of Manic Street Preachers.

Radio Cardiff aired the song on Big Scott’s “It’s Your Shout!” on 25th August 2014. Big Scott also interviewed the pupils.


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