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Soprano sings at 9/11 memorial
New York after attacks
The concert is being held close to Ground Zero
A Welsh soprano has sung at a commemorative concert for the 67 British victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America on Sunday.

The New York event, featuring Rachel Schutz from Cardiff, was organised by the British Memorial Garden Trust.

The trust is building a commemorative garden in Lower Manhattan for the British people who died four years ago.

It is currently appealing for people to sponsor stones representing each Welsh county at the site.

Ms Schutz, who is studying music at the City University of New York, will be sang Sunday's free concert at 100 Old Slip in Lower Manhattan.

Rachel Schutz (pic from Rachel Schutz)
Rachel Schutz will sing four or five songs at the concert

"I am honoured they asked me to do it," said the 20-year-old from Creigiau, south Wales, whose father is American.

"It is a very nice thing Britain is doing to remember the people they lost."

Other performers at the concert included the Oxford Alternotives choir and New York Scottish Pipes and Drums.

It was part of a series of September concerts which aimed to bring communities together across the city on the fourth anniversary of the attacks.

'Welsh slate'

The British memorial garden, which is being built on a three-quarters-of-an-acre site near Ground Zero, is due to be completed in spring 2006.

It will feature Welsh slate, and a daffodil will be included as one of four symbols represented on its railings.

Plans for garden (picture from the British Memorial Garden)
The garden should be completed in spring 2006

Charles Wolf, whose Swansea-born wife Katherine died in the attacks, said the garden was being created "very tastefully".

"Amongst all the challenges, it is beautiful how the garden has happened," he said.

"It am very proud they have pulled it off - all the rules have been waived - it is amazing.

"It is a very worthwhile thing, and there are no politics in it. It is totally separate to other memorials in New York, and is being done right and tastefully."

Work on the garden, which will feature elements of British landscape architecture including topiaries, yew trees and boxwood hedges, began in May.

Organisers are appealing for people to sponsor the garden's county stones at $2,500 (1,358), or pavers at $500 (272).




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