Managing Director of Wrexham Sounds Olivia Gallagher
Submitted by Martin Williams
After closing 18 months ago, an award-winning music studio will reopen in September with a new name and new vision, to help change the lives of disadvantaged youth in the community.
Wrexham Sounds is the new name for the old Vic Studios, which also moved from Hill Street to Rhosrobin, Wrexham.
The studio is a non-profit social enterprise and offers music sessions for children from difficult and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
It also offers classes for those who cannot attend school and offers support and advice to local talent.
The revamped studio is supported by a group of volunteers who have helped push the project through the pandemic, to ensure it exists for future generations.
Chief Executive Officer Olivia Gallagher said: âWe have children and adolescents who are referred to us by a range of local agencies, from social services to charities and caregivers, many of whom have little or no no access to music-related activities at school.
âThose with whom we work in our new facility or elsewhere will be largely vulnerable or from difficult backgrounds.
“They may have been excluded from education or being taken care of, so this could have the potential to make a real difference in their lives, by building their self-confidence, giving them the chance to express themselves, to get accreditation and have fun in a safe and welcoming environment.
“And for those who are more interested in music technology, there are sessions on recording, producing, filming and more.”
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