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Music for Youth National Festival is back!


Gloucestershire Music success at National Music Festival

Record numbers of students from Gloucestershire Music are heading into the final of a national festival following success at regional events.

In July, Gloucestershire Music will be taking over 200 young musicians to Music for Youth’s National Festival. 

The event is being held at various locations across Birmingham including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, Birmingham Town Hall and the impressive Birmingham Symphony Hall. 

Music for Youth is the UK’s largest youth music festival and it’s national festival is the culmination of over 40 regional festivals.  Gloucestershire will be well represented with five groups being invited to perform. 

On Wednesday 4th July the County Youth Choir will attend a workshop with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain followed by an informal performance at the Festival Tent.  Duality Winds (an advanced contemporary wind ensemble) and the Gloucestershire Youth String Orchestra will travel to Birmingham and perform on Thursday 5th followed by the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra on Friday 6th July. The week will culminate on Saturday 7th July when our very own Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra will perform. 

Those young musicians lucky enough to be attending can find out times and details below. 

Gloucestershire Youth Choir details:  link

Gloucestershire Youth String Orchestra details:  link

Duality Winds details:  link

Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra details:  link

Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra details:  link

You can find out more about the groups that are attending and about Music for Youth at www.mfy.org.uk

Steven Legge, Extended Learning and Provisions Manager at Gloucestershire Music, said: “To represent Gloucestershire at a national level is an honour and we have a strong field attending this year.  It is testimony to the hard work of our dedicated staff and talented students that we can once again represent Gloucestershire at a national level’’.

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