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Hitting the high notes: Gloucestershire Music smashes national records


Gloucestershire County Council’s music service is once again tuning up to represent the county on the national stage, with a record breaking four groups selected to perform.

Gloucestershire Music organises the county music ensembles, orchestras, bands and choirs for advanced young musicians from across Gloucestershire. 

In March this year, many of these groups participated in the Music for Youth Cheltenham Regional Festival, one of more than 40 festivals held across the UK that attract over 40,000 young performers. 

Regional festivals offer opportunities for young musicians to share their talents, listen and meet other musicians, and gain valuable feedback from professional music mentors.

Music for Youth (MFY) (, the national youth arts charity, select groups to perform over five days in Birmingham as part of a national festival giving young musicians the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the impressive Birmingham Symphony Hall. 

Gloucestershire Music’s four selected groups will soon be performing nationally across the following venues:

  • Duality Winds (a new advanced wind, brass and percussion group led by Chris Gibbons) will kick things off with a performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music on Thursday 5th July.
  • Gloucestershire Youth String Orchestra (under the direction of Nick Steel) will be performing at the Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday 5th July.    
  • The Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra will take to the stage at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday 6th July.
  • The Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra will be performing at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday 7th July.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “To represent your county in any discipline is an honour and Gloucestershire's residents should be proud of their young county musician’s achievements.

“It’s incredible that so many of our county’s youth groups have been invited to the national stage and I wish them all the best with their performances.”

Steven Legge, extended learning and provisions manager for Gloucestershire Music, said: “Gloucestershire has a strong and thriving music scene from amateur orchestras and brass bands, to choirs and youth groups. 

“I’m delighted that so many of our youth music ensembles have been selected to perform at the MFY National Festival which is testimony to the hard work of our tutors, the high standards we work to and the dedication of our young musicians. We’re now in full fundraising mode to make sure we can attend this great festival and fly the flag for Gloucestershire on the national stage.”

You can follow Gloucestershire Music on Facebook @glosmusic or visit for a full picture of their activities and achievements.

For tickets to the national festival’s please visit Music for Youth website:

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