On Saturday the 27th of November newly formed Rhos Choir will be competing in a special concert at St David's Hall, Cardiff in the race for the 2010 Codi Canu title. The concert will be the highlight of the series, which for the last few months has followed four choirs on the journey to be crowned Wales' best community choir.
This year, the series has seen four of Wales' best known faces stepping up to the challenge of conducting these choirs, with advice from some of our leading conductors.
It was fantastic news for Rhos Choir when it was announced that it would be entrepreneur Stifyn Parri, one of their most successful local talents, that would be stepping into the conductor's shoes with the help and support of experienced conductor Geraint Roberts.
Born in Rhos, Stifyn was delighted to accept the challenge, venturing back to his hometown with hopes of conducting his own people to victory. Stifyn has over twenty five years of experience in the media industry. He has starred in West End hits such as Les Miserables, national TV series' such as Brookside, and numerous productions for S4C. These days, Stifyn runs his own creative company, Mr Producer, which has been instrumental in many large-scale events over the years, most recently the 'Welcome to Wales' Concert, welcoming the Ryder Cup. With all his experience, Stifyn was an obvious choice for the series, and everyone is confident that he has all the skill to succeed as a fantastic conductor. But Stifyn would be the first to admit that conducting is not as easy as it looks, even though he enjoys every minute:
"I was brought up in the village of Rhosllannerchrugog, famous for it's many choirs! It is the most surreal and pleasurable experience to be learning how to become a conductor with my very own and brand new choir that consists of old school friends, teachers, neighbours and even my own mother!!! I'm so proud of them, they've worked so hard and deserve to win, it would be an honour to lead my home village of Rhos to victory. Please vote for us and vote for the village known for it's musical talent. Come on Rhos!!"
The concert will be broadcast live on S4C on Saturday the 27th of November between 8.00-9.00 pm, and 9.30-10.15pm. The public will be asked to choose their favourite choir, so remember to pick up the phone and vote for Rhos choir, and their conductor, Stifyn Parri.
Tickets for the live final are FREE for adults, children and concessions. Call the Box Office on 02920 878 444 or book online www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
For more information on the Codi Canu series visit www.s4c.co.uk/codicanu