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Musicians head to Birmingham for competition

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Published: 09/06/2014


​The National Festival of Music for Youth is a celebration of music bringing 12,000 young musicians to perform in some of the top venues in the city centre. Throughout the week (July 8 to 12) there will be performances of jazz, orchestral, rock, folk and world music, wind and brass, pop, choral and chamber music.

Members of the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and the Youth Jazz Orchestra are busy practising for the event before they travel to the Midlands to perform. They won their place at the festival after qualifying in Cheltenham during the regional heats and will now get to play at the prestigious Symphony Hall and the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham.

Richard Jones, Music and Art Strategy Manager at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “To perform at this festival in some of the best concert halls in the world is an opportunity which will stay in the memory of our young musicians for a lifetime. I am very proud of the achievement of these fine young people and such success also pays testament to the professionalism of the teaching staff who coach the ensembles.

“The support from parents is also much appreciated, so a big thank you to them. And who knows, if all goes well we could be performing in the schools proms at the Albert Hall, London in November.”

Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK www.mfy.org.uk


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