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Local young people to perform at Royal Albert Hall


Gloucestershire Music, part of the county council, will be taking three county youth music groups to the prestigious Music for Youth's Proms at the Royal Albert Hall this November.

The Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and County Choir will be performing on Monday 14th November as part of an ensemble of over 600 musicians. 

The orchestra and choir will perform a new piece by local composer Philip Harper, written to commemorate the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.

A separate performance will take place on Tuesday 15th November by the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra. It will take to the stage with a performance of Cruisin' written by their pianist Roella Oloro. 

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.

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

"We've much to be proud of in Gloucestershire, from award-winning choirs and orchestras to talented young composers and musicians. 2016 has already been a great year for Gloucestershire and to now have three groups going to the Royal Albert Hall it really has put the icing on the cake."

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and younger people, said: "What a venue and what a mighty collection of musicians! This is such a great opportunity for Gloucestershire Music and the young musicians that it represents. Gloucestershire Music has won a number of national awards in recent years, and to now be playing at the Royal Albert Hall really is outstanding."

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