ScottishPower Pipe Band
The ScottishPower Pipe Band showcases piping and drumming at the highest level, promoting excellence and encouraging and developing future generations of musicians. As well as achieving global recognition at competition level, the band also engages with aspiring pipers and drummers at a local level in order to develop this rich cultural tradition.
The band has been sponsored by ScottishPower since 1989, and more recently has been supported by the ScottishPower Foundation. The funding from the ScottishPower Foundation will allow the band to continue to replenish uniforms and instruments, cover travel costs and further promote community advancement in the coming year.
The Aloud Charity – Only Boys Aloud
Only Boys Aloud North & Mid Wales
The Aloud Charity’s vision is to engage each new generation of young people across Wales with the power of choral singing. Only Boys Aloud provides an opportunity for young men to engage with the great Welsh choral tradition in a fresh way and to use it as a catalyst for change. Any boy aged 13-19 can join, free of charge and without having to undergo any auditions.
In 2015 Only Boys Aloud, with support from the ScottishPower Foundation and a variety of other funding bodies, set up a pilot project in North Wales forming four new choirs in Caernarfon, Holyhead, Rhyl and Wrexham. These new choirs joined the existing 10 choirs based in South Wales.
Funding from the ScottishPower Foundation in 2016 will support the cost of running the choirs in North Wales, including recruitment costs and fees for the staff, workshops and presentations in schools, training of music leaders, venue costs for rehearsals, supply of materials including music and folders, and transportation costs for full rehearsals.
Citizens Theatre Ltd
The Man with the Iron Teeth - A Citizens Theatre Community Production
The Citizens Theatre is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies and is Glasgow’s oldest major producing theatre.
The Man with the Iron Teeth is a large-scale community theatre project that will run over 10 months, exploring the famous Glasgow myth of ‘the Gorbals vampire’. Over 260 members of the community will work alongside professional artists to create a series of workshops and exhibitions culminating in a promenade performance led by a cast of around 60, which will take place between the Citizens Theatre and Southern Necropolis in October 2016.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
We are All One
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.
The funding from the ScottishPower Foundation will support an inclusion project for groups from the local community who have particular needs or would not normally be able to compete or participate in the Eisteddfod.
Four choral groups and three dance groups will work with partner practitioners in preparation for the Eisteddfod, where they will perform on the main stage in the Pavilion. The aim is to produce new work which is accessible to a wide range of diverse performers, to engage with the people who visit the Eisteddfod, and to demonstrate diversity through music and dance as a tool to promote peace.