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Music for Youth Regional Festival 2017


Gloucestershire Music is delighted to have teamed up with the world’s largest youth music festival, MUSIC FOR YOUTH.


On 4th and 5th March 2017, youth music groups of all types, sizes and genres will have the opportunity to perform on the impressive stage at the Cheltenham, Town Hall.  This two day event is one of many regional festivals held between February and April each year covering the whole of the UK.  Few regional festivals however have such an incredible setting within the regency grandeur of the Cheltenham Town Hall.

The rewards are fantastic: 

Each performance is given feedback by specialist visiting MUSIC MENTORS.  The Mentors are professional musicians who are there to support and offer encouragement on how to take those next steps in improving your ensembles skills.    Successful entrants are then invited to performances at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in July and even to a place in the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, London in November.

This year we are delighted that no fewer than 24 of the 46 groups are from Gloucestershire.  These are listed in bold below.

Steve Legge (Assistant Head of Gloucestershire Music) said:  Gloucestershire can be very proud of the fine youth music making it has within the county.  Our groups have already progressed, on many occasions to Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall. 

Most important, however, is the taking part.

Saturday Session 1
12:00 – 15:00, Sat 4th March 

Please note this is not the running order

Western Winds

Chipping Campden Concert Band

Bridge String Orchestra

Chipping Campden Swing Band

South Gloucs Wind Orchestra

North Cotswold Wind Band

Downend Concert Band

Sir Thomas Rich’s School Choir

South Gloucs String Orchestra

Kingswood Senior Guitars


South Gloucs Senior Jazz Orchestra


Saturday Session 2
17:00 – 20:00, Sat 4th March

Please note this is not the running order

BANES Symphonic Wind Band 

Bream School Choir

Fairlands Middle School Brass Ensemble

St Peters Girl’s Choir

Brass Tacks

The Eclectic Electric Collective

Shire Jazz Band

Gamma Quartet

Cheddar Valley Music Club Senior 
Brass Ensemble

Schools Philharmonic Orchestra


Sunday Session 1
10:00 – 13:00 Sun 5th March  

Please note this is not the running order

Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra

Wriggle Jigglers,

Hereford Intermediate Strings

Gloucester Academy of Music Junior Strings & Musicland Oxford

Gloucester Academy of Music String Zone

FVMC Wind Band

Gloucestershire County Youth Choir

Hereford Intermediate Concert Band

Gloucestershire Youth Sinfonia

All Saints Academy Choir

Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra


Sunday Session 2
15:00 – 18:00, Sun 5th March 

Please note this is not the running order

JCA Harmony Group #Harms

Out of the Window


BMC Principal Orchestra

Forest of Dean Area Wind Band

Dischord / Datchord

BMC Jazz Band

Balcarras Chamber Choir

Cleeve Senior School Choir

Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy 

Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

Betar Brass

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