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All Girl Rock Workshops

Young female residents from across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been offered the chance to form and develop their very own rock band, thanks to free, weekly sessions organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s SONIG Youth Music Industry Programme.

The girls have created their own band, Wild Roses.  

They have produced themselves, performed, written songs and lyrics and more, growing together and developing not only as a band but also as young women.

As well as exclusive performances for their friends and family, the Wild Roses recently performed at the Take Part Young Voices Showcase in the Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, and are also looking to stage other live shows.

The All Girl Rock Workshops are delivered by tutor Neil White, who has played in numerous bands over the years and worked as a community musician for the last 15 years, helping residents to develop and learn music skills.

 The girls also benefited from input from other tutors, including one from Funeral for a Friend’s Darren Smith!

Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to be able to work with partners to deliver a range of opportunities for young people that allow them to express themselves, learn and develop interests, build confidence and secure skills for the future.

“All Girl Rock Workshops are just one of the ways this commitment is being delivered, offering these young women the chance to spend their free time in a positive and enjoyable manner while learning new skills, making friends and even securing a place on a future career path.”

 All Girl Rock Workshops are delivered by the SONIG Youth Music Industry Programme, which is part of the Council’s Cultural Services department, working to develop skills, confidence and achievement via youth arts.

The programme is funded by Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Children and Young People’s Partnership – Fframwaith, which brings together all partner agencies in Rhondda Cynon Taf to ensure the best-possible start in life.

 Now in its 11th year, SONIG has a rich and varied programme to enable young people to secure experience, skills and a foot on career pathways into the music industry.

 For more information on SONIG, call Tanya Walker-Brown on 01443 490205 or email sonig@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk