Touch Trust's 10th Anniversary Photo Exhibition

Touch Trust's 10th Anniversary Photo Exhibition 20/10/2014

Touch Trust celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the WMC on Tuesday 14th October 2014 with jam packed day of special events. WMC, who also celebrate their birthday, hosted the events on their public Glanfa stage and provided first class hospitality for over 130 guests. One of the main highlights was the official launch a photo exhibition collected by Touch Trust’s international photographer Dave Daggers. The exhibition is to stand proudly on the Glanfa area for 10 days and consists of Dave Dagger’s unique style of capturing the many special moments of Touch Trust’s performances and workshops. The celebration began with a stirring speech by Managing Director of WMC, Mathew Milsom, who finished his speech by presenting the audience with the a beautiful film commissioned by WMC to mark 100th Anniversary of Dylan Thomas with Founder and Director of Touch Trust, Dilys Price OBE, narrating ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ over images of her sky diving, Dilys holds the Guinness World Record for Oldest Female Solo Skydiver. It was also a celebration of her lifetime achievements including her recent award of Lifetime Achiever from the National Diversity Awards.

The audience was then treated to a fantastic performance lead by the charismatic baritone singer, Mark Llewelyn Evans and his band. Dilys Price then gave her speech highlighting the many facets of Touch Trust’s work and how integral its partnership with WMC is. Following her were Assembly Member and Patron of Touch Trust, Julie Morgan and then Dave Daggers.

To end the formalities the Wooden Spoon Charity’s Chairman of the South Wales Region, Huw Thomas, spoke and invited Welsh rugby star, Tom Shanklin to unveil a plaque which officially opened a project that they have funded for Touch Trust.

The celebration day then moved into more performances starting with an inclusive dance workshop which involved all of the audience, young and old and of all abilities. The enjoyable workshop highlighted the essential aspects of Touch Trust’s Creative Movement Programme including dance, touch, music and praise, ending with a group activity where everyone took to the arena and created a unique shape, symbolising the interconnectedness of everyone. Further performances included: Touch Trust staff displaying an improvised piece; an exceptional rendition of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Touch Trust’s regular guest Greg Fears (whose 16 year old sister helped raise a lot money by skydiving with Dilys in their ‘Oldest and Youngest Skydiver event!); and then an inspiring solo dance performance by Touch Trust’s friend Leila Bebb. Professional buskers and fundraisers, BoyceZone then sprang into action with a brilliant set of Max Boyce inspired folk songs. Later that evening former Touch Trust Session Leader, Emily Wright and The Royals kept the celebration fires burning with 40’s style jazz-swing covers to finish the day.

Touch Trust received positive feedback from all the audience and now basks in the afterglow while the Exhibition continues to shine.

Touch Trust wishes to thanks Arts Council Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and it’s staff, and the amazing support of all its friends. Please come and see the exhibition before it moves out into the community and come and have a cuppa with us.