Earth Hour

Monday evening’s in Lampeter recently became more lively thanks to Community Music Wales’ creative workshops which ran up to the 19th of March as part of WWF’s Earth Hour celebration. The first week of classes began on Monday 29th February with almost 100 local residents participating in singing, drumming and natural sound sessions over the course of the evening.

The free evenings were designed to raise awareness of the annual “Celebration of our Brilliant Planet”, a concept promoted in Wales by WWF Cymru, and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery. The workshops continued for three weeks and included a weekend class where participants were encouraged to make lanterns ready for use to light the performance that took place at Victoria Hall during Earth Hour itself.

Hannah Jenkins, Director of Community Music Wales said, “The number of participants joining us in Lampeter is really phenomenal, and the workshops have been a great success with the tutors commenting on the standard and commitment of those involved.”

As well as the workshops, people from across Wales were encouraged to join in the celebration by uploading noises from their local environment to CMW’s Interactive Sound Map of Wales, Mapsain. Previously the map had included sounds as diverse as a hydrophone recording from St. David’s and songs by Yr Ayes from Bangor. As such CMW thought it would be a good way to show how beautiful our country, and indeed the planet, can be. Sounds from the workshops were also uploaded to the map, and if you’d like to hear them as well as discover sounds from other parts of the country then please visit http://www.communitymusicwales.co.uk/mapsain

Throughout the workshop period CMW also worked to create social media interest in the project as well as Earth Hour itself, with many famous faces joining the #LightsOutCymru campaign and appearing in photos with the WWF Panda to raise awareness of the event.

CMW encouraged everyone to sign up to Earth Hour and participate in the switch off on the 19th of March.

The performance itself was absolutely fantastic, with the lanterns making the atmosphere very intimate while the drummers drummed and the choir sang their hearts out. Enjoyed by participants and audience members alike, Victoria Hall was really lit up – and not by electricity! Our favourite part was a giant puppet lantern (pantern? Luppet?) Created by artist Toby Downing.