Fes­tive con­cert will sup­port child safety

Caernarfon Herald - - YOUR GUIDE -

ACELEBRATED North Wales or­ches­tra will be the head­line per­form­ers at a spe­cial con­cert to raise money for a trail­blaz­ing child safety char­ity.

NEW Sin­fo­nia will per­form at St As­aph Cathe­dral on De­cem­ber 5 to sup­port the work of the DangerPoint cen­tre in Talacre with young peo­ple across North Wales.

A quar­tet from the NEW Sin­fo­nia, which was set up by Wrex­ham broth­ers Robert and Jonathan Guy to show­case young clas­si­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent in the re­gion, will be joined by school choirs from Ys­gol Bryn Garth, Holy­well and Ys­gol Y Llys, Prestatyn, to com­plete this year’s fes­tive con­cert line-up.

DangerPoint runs an in­ter­ac­tive cen­tre for schools and youth groups where young peo­ple can work through real-life sce­nar­ios to un­der­stand risk and learn how to keep them­selves safe.

The char­ity also runs a pi­o­neer­ing in­ter­net safety pro­gramme, which uses real-time avatar char­ac­ters to ed­u­cate young­sters, par­tic­u­larly pri­mary school chil­dren, on how to keep safe on­line.

With the Christ­mas con­cert their big­gest fundraiser, DangerPoint deputy man­ager Cat Har­vey-Ald­croft said she hopes it will en­able even more young peo­ple to ac­cess the pro­gramme.

“It is ab­so­lutely im­per­a­tive we ed­u­cate younger chil­dren about in­ter­net safety as, whether we like it or not, their lives in the fu­ture will be on­line. We are the only safety cen­tre in the re­gion to use the avatar pro­gramme and we’d like even more young peo­ple to take part.”

NEW Sin­fo­nia’s artis­tic direc­tor Robert Guy was de­lighted to be able to work with DangerPoint.

He said: “Sup­port­ing DangerPoint and the work they do is also so rel­e­vant right now and it’s nice, as mu­si­cians, to be able to use some­thing you love to not only bring at­ten­tion to the char­ity, but to help fundraise and be part of some­thing so pos­i­tive.”

Set up in 2005, DangerPoint has worked with more than 86,000 peo­ple from the age of five, with around 7,000 young peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of their ser­vices each year. Based on the Gra­nary Court Busi­ness Park in Sta­tion Road, Talacre, the cen­tre is de­signed like a film set, where vis­i­tors can travel from home, to the beach, coun­try­side, play­ground and a host of other set­tings to ex­plore dan­ger­ous sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

Cat Har­vey-Ald­croft, who is also or­gan­is­ing the char­ity’s Christ­mas Con­cert, said: “They are such a highly-re­garded or­ches­tra and won­der­ful to work with. Along with the two school choirs, this year’s Christ­mas con­cert in the beau­ti­ful St As­aph Cathe­dral prom­ises to be quite a show!.”

Doors open 6.30pm, con­cert starts at 7pm. Tick­ets, at £6 for adults, £3 for a child, are avail­able in ad­vance by email­ing: book­[email protected] org.uk or call­ing DangerPoint on 01745 850414

● NEW Sin­fo­nia at the WNO Mag­ni­fi­cat per­for­mance at the North Wales In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Pic: Kristina Ban­holzer

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