Festive concert will support child safety
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