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Friday, 15 February, 2002, 11:25 GMT
Youngsters eye pop stardom
Yale college, Wrexham
The budding musicians have been at Yale College
More than 20 north Wales youngsters have converged on Wrexham in a bid to make it big in the music business.

The Prince's Trust Cymru has held its first ever Sain Byw music course at Yale college, which has been backed by musicians from the Prodigy and Catatonia.

Aled Richards
Aled Richards, middle, with Catatonia

The scheme is open to youngsters aged between 18 and 25 who are disadvantaged in some way.

Project manager Louise Grove-White said it is a great scheme.

"This is a personal development course for young people who are disadvantaged in some way, either socially, economically or geographically.

"It's very much about personal development through the medium of pop music."

Youngsters on the course have taken part in a number of sessions including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sound and lighting.

They have also had professional advice.

Personal Skills

"We've had Mark Richardson, ex-Skunk Anansie drummer, who came along and did a drum workshop. He will be joining Feeder after Jon Lee died," said Mrs Grove-White.

She added: "Also we've had Giz Butt from the Prodigy and Aled Richards from Catatonia."

Richard Hopkins has been on the course in Wrexham for the past week.

"I sing, I play the guitar, play the decks and I've been in bands in the past," he said.

Tristan Roberts
Tristan Roberts:I've made lots of friends

The 22-year-old added: "I've had lessons from professional DJs and vocal lessons.

"I'd like to get into a band or DJ in a club or start my own studio, producing my own music."

The course has allowed the students taking part to develop their musical and personal skills including communication, team working and leadership.

Tristan Roberts from north Wales said he has been taught a lot: "I've learnt to sing better and pitch my voice better and play on the keyboards.

Invited Audience

"Now I'd like to try and get a grant to make a band up and send demos out."

The culmination of the course has been a live concert at the college compered by Catatonia's Aled Richards.

The bands have had to perform three songs either original or cover versions before an invited audience.

Now the fun has ended and the music has stopped every young person who took part has been assigned a mentor.

They will ensure that they maximise upon the opportunities learnt in Wrexham within the next six months.

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