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Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011
We are delighted that once again RGS will be well represented at the National Festival of Music for Youth, which takes place every July in Birmingham. The festival is based in the wonderful concert acoustics of Symphony Hall and the Adrian Boult Hall, in the Birmingham Conservatoire, which is just up the road from the famous hall built for Simon Rattle’s CBSO. The Town Hall, which is also in easy walking distance, is the other major venue.
In the first complete week of July every year, over 10,000 youngsters converge on Birmingham town centre for the biggest youth music festival in the world, and we are thrilled that RGS will be there for the ninth year running. Our Big Band, under the inspired leadership of Mr Jay Craig, have virtually got a permanent place there, going up for the fifth time in six years. Our First Wind Band are on their fourth trip in 9 years, and this year, a senior group of chamber musicians impressed the Music Mentors enough at our regional festival, held in March, to prove that we are not just a school of wind music and jazz.
If anyone wishes to attend the festival, they are very welcome. Tickets are available from the venues concerned or go on the Music For Youth website for details....it’s a fantastic atmosphere!!
The two RGS bands are playing in the morning of Friday, 8th July, and the Chamber Group, James Duff (viola), Dan Wheeler (cello), Jordan Lam (clarinet) and Jonny Lane (piano) are playing in the afternoon of the day before, Thursday, 7th July.
The performer’s letter about the trip is available by clicking here (pdf, 14kb).
Source: Director of Music