Who are the people singing for the Queen on her visit to Cardiff?

By Ruth Mosalski

The Queen will visit Cardiff to officially open the sixth Senedd, an event delayed due to the pandemic.

She will be joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. There is a mix of pre-recorded and live performances planned.

Before her arrival, the Royal Marines Band will march down Pierhead Street and take up their position, performing a number of pieces and the anthems for the arrival of both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and then again for Her Majesty the Queen.

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A WNO Youth Opera choir will perform a rendition of Ar Lan y Môr as The Royal Party enter the Senedd - it will be the first time the choir have performed live in 18 months due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Welsh Guards Corps of Drums will escort the procession and Navy fanfare will sound as the Mace bearer Shaz Khan carries the mace into the building.

The Royal harpist, Alis Huws, will play in the chamber as the groups enter.

Singer-songwriters Eadyth Crawford and Lily Beau will perform an original song called Ymuno written to mark the official opening. Ymuno also it features the voices of a number of prominent black Welsh artists, Aleighcia Scott, Skunkadelic (Afrocluster), Vanity Jay (Baby Queens), Dionne Bennett and SZSW.

They performed as the Royals meet Covid Community Champions, nominated by members of the Fifth Senedd for the extraordinary things they did during the pandemic.

There will also be a virtual performance by Hijinks, a theatre company which works to pioneer, produce and promote opportunities for actors with learning disabilities and/or autism; National Dance Company Wales make dance for all kinds of people in all kinds of places; and an art piece called Gwawr | Dawn by Zillah Bowes featuring photographs of people from all over Wales captured outside in the dawn light.

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