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Young string players from Gloucestershire unite for performance with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players


More than 130 young string players from Gloucestershire Music, Gloucestershire Academy of Music and Cotswold Music Tutors will perform at Cheltenham Town Hall.

The show, which is free for people to attend, will begin at 2pm and will last for 45 minutes. Make Music Gloucestershire, the county's music education hub, which is led by the county council, have supported and funded the project. 

The performance of Fiddler's Hill, by composer and violinist Jeff Moore, originally commissioned by the friends of Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra, is the culmination of six months' work with the orchestra. The project builds on previous work with Gloucestershire Music. 

Participants have been recruited from a range of groups in the county. As well as existing groups that run on a regular basis, participants include independent young players who currently don't play in county ensembles.

The standard ranges from young musicians who have very recently started learning their instrument through to teenagers working towards their grade 8 exams.

The piece is specially designed to accommodate young players of all levels and allow them to play side by side, learning from one another and seeing how they might progress in the future.

Liam, a violinist, aged 18 said: "It's always quite impressive seeing the amount of string players in the county. For me it's the sense of being part of a big community."

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra musicians have been visiting the county to offer support and coaching for the young musicians, and working with Gloucestershire Music to communicate with participants throughout the programme. 

Caz Vale, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra participate programme manager, said: 'We're thrilled to be working with Gloucestershire Music on this project.

"Jeff Moore's piece really celebrates the process of learning a string instrument and it's fantastic for our musicians to be sharing skills and expertise with so many young players. It is also wonderful to enable a whole community of strings across the region to play together.'

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "It is fantastic to see young people at all stages of their learning coming together to perform as one.

"I wish all participants good luck and encourage all music fans to come to the event."

People wishing to watch are advised to arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited. The full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing later that evening at Cheltenham Town Hall.

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