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Youth Music Extravaganza Wows Audience

On Sunday, May 6, more than 1000 young musicians wowed a sold out audience at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as part of Worcestershire Youth Music’s (WYM) eleventh annual Gala Concert.

The concert included pupils from all over Worcestershire of a range of ages and abilities, from the children who play at WYM's six Area Music Centres, to the members of the service's acclaimed county ensembles. Also featured were pupils from schools across the county who had taken part in WYM's recorder project Ready Steady Blow, and the singing initiative, Sing Up.

The audience was treated to a rich and varied programme including brass bands, jazz orchestras, wind orchestras, choirs and string orchestras, culminating in an emotional performance of “Jerusalem” involving all 1000 performers and audience. There was also music in the foyer before the concert and during the interval courtesy of the Worcestershire Youth Wind Ensemble and the Brass ensembles from Claines, Hallow and Red Hill Primary Schools.

Colin Farlow, Acting Head of Worcestershire Youth Music, said “As always, this was an inspirational evening for all our young musicians with standards of performance as high as ever. Credit really must go to our young people, the dedication and commitment of WYM teachers and the huge support given by parents.”

One parent in the audience added "When so many Music Services are in trouble this concert was outstanding and should be used to inspire music making at county level throughout the country. Well done and Thank you to all involved!"

Besides its wide range of orchestras and bands, Worcestershire Youth Music, provides music lessons in schools throughout the region, with Area Music Centres running after school lessons and activities in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and Worcester.

For more information about Worcestershire Youth Music call 01905 333344 or go online at

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