An intrepid group of cyclists will be tackling a tough 250 mile circuit of North Wales in May 2020 to raise funds for Vic Studios in Wrexham. The route will start and end in Wrexham and take in Llanberis, Conwy, Nefyn, Pwllheli, Harlech, Dolgellau and Bala.
The main aim of Vic Studios is to transform the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people through music. It also makes its facilities available to local bands, musicians and singers for rehearsal and recordings and provides a range of music lessons leading to ABRSM grades. All funds raised by Vic Studios Velo will go towards the costs of replacing old instruments and equipment, expanding and promoting the range of services on offer and training new staff and volunteers.
Two corporate donors have already pledged their support. Pan Stone Europe based in Llay is providing a support van and bike mechanic for the trip. Personal Trainer, Dewi Jones, based in Llangollen, will be advising the riders on their training and nutrition and accompanying them throughout the ride.
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Vic Studios is a non-profit, social enterprise based in Wrexham. It helps young people referred to it by schools, youth services and charities in the local area to build confidence and improve their prospects through music.
Vic Studios has won financial support from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund for a project to help it reach more children and young people from the most deprived areas in Wrexham County.
Says Caroline Richards, a Director of Vic Studios:
“An independent report we commissioned in 2017 identified that young people and children from some of the more deprived areas in Wrexham County are under-represented in our user data. This funding from the Big Lottery will be used to run a series of events in collaboration with relevant community partners to reach them.
“Each event will be community based with a focus on making and performing music and be designed to boost the wellbeing of participants by contributing to their feelings of happiness and being trusted.”
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Yamaha musical instruments, equipment and technology are enjoy worldwide renown for being of premium quality. So Vic Studios in Wrexham was delighted when Yamaha Music Europe donated to it a semi acoustic guitar, a mixing desk and some amplifiers recently.
“When we came across the great things Vic Studios is doing to transform young lives through music, we knew we had to help out in some way. We know the power that music has to help young people gain confidence and express themselves and we like the way Vic Studios is going about this,” said Dan Stock from Yamaha.
“That Yamaha is aware of the work we do is a great thing in itself. For them to make us such a generous gift recognises the time and effort our staff and volunteers put into making Vic Studios such a vibrant musical resource to the local community,’ said Chris Lloyd, Chairman of Vic Studios.
“Every week, schools, social services, charities and community organisation refer young people to Vic Studios. We tailor music sessions to their individual needs which aim to make them feel better about themselves and possibly change their lives. This donation from Yamaha made a difference to what we do from the day it arrived,” said Michael Harmina, Manager of Vic Studios.
Vic Studios in Wrexham is a non-profit, community based music service that gives disadvantaged or disengaged young people opportunities to gain confidence, skills and qualifications and improve their prospects while having fun and expressing themselves creatively. It also make its facilities, equipment, sound engineering and teaching expertise available to young bands, singers and musicians.