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Three county music groups win national acclaim


Gloucestershire Music will be taking three youth music groups to the prestigious Music for Youth's national festival in July this year.

Music for Youth is the world's largest youth music festival. Each year, this national organisation organises 40 regional events, a week-long national festival and a three day schools prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

In March this year, 42 groups performed at the Cheltenham regional festival. Each group played ten minutes of music and received feedback from professional music mentors.  

In April, the groups heard if they had been successful in progressing to the national festival that is held each July in Birmingham Symphony Hall. This year three county music groups have been successful: Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra. 

The youth jazz orchestra and wind orchestra will be performing on Friday July 8th followed by the Youth Orchestra on Saturday 9th July. The Birmingham Symphony Hall and Birmingham town hall will host the performances which form part of a week long  youth music festival celebrating some of the very best youth music making across the UK.

Steven Legge, head of instrumental and vocal tuition for Gloucestershire Music, said: "Working with Music for Youth provides young musicians with the opportunity to aspire to perform at great venues and the chance to meet and hear other young musicians from all over the UK.

"We have much to be proud of in Gloucestershire, from award-winning choirs and orchestras to talented young composers to pop, rock, folk and urban musicians. This year has already been a great year for Gloucestershire Music with success at the national Concert Band festival.  To now have three groups also going to the Music for Youth national festival is the icing on the cake to another great year of youth music in Gloucestershire."

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "What a fantastic achievement for several young people in Gloucestershire, working together as a group to reach such a prestigious festival.

"I wish all those playing good luck, and hope they enjoy the experience."

For more information Gloucestershire Music, including how to join, visit You can find out more about Music for Youth at

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