Young musicians prepare for national showcase
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Members of the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra – aged from 14 to 18 years — have been invited to perform in July as part of the National Festival of Music for Youth, a six-day musical extravaganza bringing together 12,000 young musicians from across the UK.
Their fellow musicians in the South Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra will also be taking part in the Festival with a high-profile performance at Birmingham’s Adrian Boult Hall.
South Gloucestershire Council Music and Art Strategy Manager Richard Jones said “To perform in the National Festival of Music for Youth 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 young people in being selected to play in the festival. It is a testament not only to their skill and dedication, but also to the professionalism of the teaching staff who coach the ensembles and the support from parents."
The orchestra members will also be hoping that success in Birmingham will lead to a high-profile performance at the School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The groups qualified for the Birmingham events after highly-praised performances at a Music for Youth Regional Festival in Cheltenham in March 2012
South Gloucestershire’s Music and Arts Service recently received a major Arts Council award to co-ordinate a music ‘hub’ promoting music provision for young people throughout South Gloucestershire.
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