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Cyngerdd Ysgol Glanaethwy yn 18

Cyngerdd Ysgol Glanaethwy yn 18

The auditorium at Cardiff's Millennium Centre was full to capacity for Ysgol Glanaethwy's birthday celebrations and S4C's cameras were there too, recording the concert for broadcast on the channel on Christmas Eve.

The event was held to celebrate the 18th birthday of the performing arts school, runners up in the BBC's Last Choir Standing competition. As well as the school's present pupils, a number of former pupils also took part in the concert, including singers Gwyneth Glyn, Lleuwen Steffan, Lisa Jên, Mirain Hâf, Emyr Gibson and actor Owen Arwyn.

Ysgol Glanaethwy was established in 1990 by Rhian and Cefin Roberts. A purpose-built building was erected for the school at Parc Menai industrial estate on the outskirts of Bangor, where 250 pupils receive specialist training from Rhian and Cefin, Lowri Hughes and Einion Dafydd. 2008 has been an especially memorable year for the school with its senior choir doing so well on Last Choir Standing and also performing at Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival.

After such a busy time, Cefin and Rhian are looking forward to having a break over the Christmas holiday.

Cefin says, "We've kept two weeks free so that we can enjoy Christmas with family and friends. We didn't have a summer holiday this year because of Last Choir Standing, so we're looking forward to a traditional Christmas."

Ysgol Glanaethwy has released a new CD to coincide with the birthday celebrations. The CD includes songs such as Adiemus and Fortuna which were sung at the Millennium Centre concert. As well as the concert, the school will be holding several other birthday events across the country.

Rhian says there have been a number of highlights during the school's success story over the years, but what gives her and Cefin the most satisfaction is "seeing the pupils still wanting to come back to us and the enthusiasm that still exists. The closeness that has developed between us and the pupils is something that we treasure."

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