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Saltney and Wrexham accountancy firm links up with Welsh National Opera

A FLINTSHIRE accountancy firm is working in harmony with the Welsh National Opera to bring music to the streets of North Wales.

Coxeys, which has offices in Saltney and Wrexham, has been named one of the opera company’s Community Champions.

The firm will back WNO’s pioneering three-year project Wrexham Street Songs, which aims to bring opera to a wider audience.

The programme includes Nine Stories High, a live soap opera influenced by the stories of local people attending a series of WNO workshops.

The first episode will be performed in Wrexham on Sunday, October 1.

Coxeys director Anthony Lewis said: “We do take social responsibility very seriously and we saw this as an opportunity to give back to the community.

“The arts can be very uplifting and we have several people here who go to the opera on a regular basis, but the importance of this project is that it demonstrates that opera can and should be enjoyed by everybody.

“It’s not an elitist art form and the idea of this opera initiative is to reach out to the community, to make it relevant and accessible.

“Good music is good music, whatever the genre, and we are lucky in Wales to have a world-class opera company that we can call our own.”

Mike Walmsley, WNO development manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Coxeys as one of Welsh National Opera’s first Community Champions. It’s a new initiative and one we value tremendously.

“The aim is to bring local businesses and the community of Wrexham right into the heart of WNO through a variety of projects and opportunities.

“Judging by the response to date from businesses like Coxeys, we’ve found a way of doing something rather special and we’re very excited at the prospect of developing the initiative in partnership with our Community Champions and the wider community.”