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Music for Youth Regional Festival March 2016


Music for Youth Regional Festival, March 5th and 6th 2016 at Cheltenham Town Hall


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

On March 5th and 6th 2016, 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 the Birmingham Symphony Hall, 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 20 of the 45 groups are from Gloucestershire (these are listed in bold below in bold).

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 5th March
Session 1     12:00 – 15:00

Academy Voices
Berkshire Maestros Academy Oboe Trio
Chipping Campden Swing Band
Chpping Campden Concert Band
Five Valleys Senior Wind Band
Pillowell Training Band

St Pauls Strings
The Arias
Tudor Grange Academy Soul Band
Vocal Grange

Saturday 5th March
Session 2    17:00 – 20:00

Brass Tacks
Bridge String Orchestra
Don’t Fret
Downend Concert Band
South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra
South Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra
South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Band (BANES)
Western Winds


Sunday 6th March
Session 1     10:00 – 13:00

All Saints Academy Choir
Balcarras Chamber Choir
Beauregard Youth Choir

Big Bold Brass Band
Cheltenham Prep String Quartet
Gloucestershire Youth Sinfonia
Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra

JCA Harmony Group
North Somerset Concert Band
North Somerset Centre for
Young Musicians Swing Band
North Somerset Sinfonia
Siddington Primary School Brass Band


Sunday 6th March
Session 2     15:00 – 18:00

Academi Berfformio Caerdydd (ABC)
Brookfield Jazz Orchestra
Brookfield Jazz Band
Brookfield Choir
Cleeve School Senior Choir
Gloucestershire Academy of Music Strings
Gloucestershire Academy of Music and Musicland Oxford
Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra
Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra
Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy

The Grammatones

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