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Llandeilo Primary School will be reaching the rafters next week when it becomes the only school in Wales to sing on the Albert Hall platform for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Thirty nine pupils have been selected to join a choir of 2,000 voices from all over the UK to perform on the Queen’s honour at the prestigious London venue next week.

“This is going to be a wonderful learning experience for the children and we know it’s going to provide them with inspiration for their future learning and create memories which will last a lifetime,” said headteacher Karen Towns.

“We’re so proud to represent not only our town and the county of Carmarthenshire but also the country as a whole, as we’re the only school that’s representing Wales.”

The concert, entitled “It Takes A City” will highlight the importance of community, diversity and individuality amongst families across the world, and this echoes Llandeilo school’s philosophy.

Based on the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”, this contemporary tale will share the joys and challenges of community living, reminding people that a family is far more than those who live at the family home.

‘It takes a City’ takes place at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday, May 24.

Llandeilo itself is no newcomer to memorable music events, the 20th annual Llandeilo Fawr Festival of Music is back on the books this year having been put aside by Covid in the past two years.

This invitation is a wonderful example of what can happen when a small town like Llandeilo achieves artistic prominence by consistently hosting a successful Festival involving schools and other organisations in the town.

Julia Jones, Artistic Director of Llandeilo Fawr Festival of Music said: “We attach great importance to this outreach branch of the Festival and we are extremely grateful, not only to Armonico Consort, for extending the invitation to Llandeilo Primary School, but to the school’s Head and Staff, for their co-operation and support, and to the children, for their aptitude and enthusiasm which deserved the invitation in the first place.” 

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