This was a pilot project funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the Big Lottery. It was launched at Michealston Community College, Willows High School, Fitzalan High School, Ysgol Plasmawr (who did a joint bilingual session with Radyr Comprehensive) and Mary Immaculate High School in July 2014.
It ran as a series of five half day inclusive songwriting workshops with these six very culturally diverse Cardiff based high schools. During the sessions pupils developed essential songwriting skills; which resulted in them writing a song that captures & celebrates the essence of Pride Cymru and all it stands for.
Each session was filmed as a fly-on-the-wall documentary by digital media company Vibe Creative. The songs were then recorded and entered into a songwriting contest; 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 at the Butetown Pavilion Youth Centre. The song and documentary were screened at the Pride Cymru event, 16th August 2014 in Coopers Field; with a trophy and signed photograph of the Manic Street Preachers being awarded to the pupils in Pride Cymru’s Family Zone.
The song was then aired on Radio Cardiff on Big Scott’s “It’s Your Shout!” on 25th August; when the pupils were also interviewed. This project will hopefully be rolled out across LEAs in South Wales next year.