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Gloucestershire young musicians hitting the right note at regional festival


Gloucestershire Music has teamed up with the world's largest youth music festival, Music for Youth.

On 5th and 6th March youth music groups of all types, sizes and genres will have the opportunity to perform on the impressive stage at Cheltenham Town Hall. 

The two day event is one of many regional festivals held between February and April every year covering the whole of the UK, but few are held at settings within the regency grandeur of Cheltenham Town Hall.

Each performance is given feedback by specialist visiting music mentors. The mentors are professional musicians who are there to support and offer encouragement to young people on how to take those next steps in improving their skills.   

Successful entrants are then invited to perform 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, there are over 20 groups from Gloucestershire competing. 

Steve Legge, assistant head of Gloucestershire Music, said:  "Gloucestershire can be very proud of the fine 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." 

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "I am really proud that we have so many young people involved this year.

"I know that they will put on a fantastic performance and I wish everyone competing the best of luck."

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