Supported and funded by the legendary Welsh entertainer, Bryn Yemm, Salvation Brass will record a selection of traditional and contemporary songs and hymns to produce the collaborative album, Bryn Yemm meets Salvation Brass.
All proceeds from the sales of the album will go towards creative and music projects with young people that are led and centred on their needs, across the South and Mid Wales Division of the Salvation Army.
This includes residential schools for young people in Wales, to enable them to take part in musical and creative arts activities. The residential schools aim to build confidence and self-esteem, and enable young people to develop creative, musical, interpersonal and life skills.
Bryn Yemm was adopted into a Salvation Army family in Abergavenny and was first inspired to sing as a singer at Sunday School. Bryn has gone on to enjoy worldwide success with a career in Christian music and entertainment. Bryn has organised and is funding the recording session at Rockfield studios, near Monmouth,
Bryn said: “My formative years were spent at Abergavenny Corps. The Salvation Army was hugely important to me growing up. Every time I hear a Salvation Army band something clicks inside me and I get really emotional. My hope is that the funds from this album will go towards projects for young people to enable them to gain experience and develop new skills through music and creative arts, so that they can be inspired as I was”.
Dean Jones, Music and Creative Arts Specialist and Leader of Salvation Brass said: “We are sincerely grateful to Bryn Yemm for providing the band with this opportunity to record an album at Rockfield studios, where so many legendary bands have recorded. We are hope that the production of this album will enable many young people across Wales the chance to learn, develop skills and gain life-changing experiences through music and creativity”.
George Martin, South and Mid Wales Divisional Youth Specialist said: “The Salvation Army has long had a strong musical and creative arts background with music and summer schools having a big impact on young people growing up. Despite this, the Salvation Army in South & Mid Wales has not had one of these summer residentials in over 30 years! The fact that funds from this album will help make this happen is amazing and could influence many young people in South & Mid Wales for years to come. Next week, after the album recording, we are having our first Creative Arts Weekend in Coleg Trefeca, an important place in the journey of the Welsh Revival 100 years ago. We hope and pray that it will be another important place for the journey of The Salvation Army in South & Mid Wales."
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