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23 Oct 2013
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Cardiff’s Clink Cymru restaurant will play host to the city’s operatic society this Halloween. Island Opera, founded by husband and wife Tom and Rhona Colwell in 2009, will entertain guests at the Know Road based restaurant on Thursday 31st October.

The Clink is a charity set up by Alberto Crisci to provide opportunities and qualifications to prisoners that would otherwise be released with nothing. It also actively helps in the placement of prisoners completing the NVQ in some of the top restaurants in the country.  The Clink was the second of the Clink charities restaurants to open in the UK and has just celebrated its one year anniversary in Cardiff.

Island Opera co-founder Rhona Colwell said: “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to bring opera and classical music to people in an accessible way. Halloween is always a great night but a lot of the entertainment is focused around children. So we thought why not create something for the adults and tie in our favourite things, music and food.”

Rhona’s husband and business partner Tom said: “I met the manager of the Clink, whilst discussing another event, and it suddenly dawned on me that it would be the perfect venue to host a Halloween night. The name, The Clink, immediately conjures up certain connotations and sets up a great atmosphere for a spooky night. However the restaurant itself is beautiful and the food is incredible. I have been in the restaurant a number of times now and there is such a great sense of pride and achievement in all that they do.”

“Our event is unique as it is something different for a night of the year that is celebrated in many different ways. It will be the perfect marriage of some of the greatest classical music and opera mixed with some truly great food, inspired by different Halloween cultures around the world given a western twist. Every time I have visited the Clink I leave feeling hopeful and with the realisation that giving up on these guys benefits absolutely no one.”

Island Opera supply high-class classical vocal entertainment to weddings, corporate events, opera gala dinners and any other special events requiring top class classical singers. The group are looking forward to expanding their repertoire with a spooky rendition of opera in Cardiff’s award winning restaurant The Clink this Halloween.


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