Perth Concert Hall hosts festival to showcase young talent

Date Published:6 March 2012
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PERTH Concert Hall has scored a coup by being chosen as one of three venues to host the first Music for Youth Festivals in Scotland on Sunday, March 25.

Young musicians from Perth and Kinross will join 200 of their peers from across Scotland to perform in the concert in the inaugural Perth Festival of Music for Youth.

The event, organised by the UK-wide music education charity Music for Youth in collaboration with Horsecross Arts, will provide a platform for young ensembles from all musical backgrounds to showcase their talent.

Local groups performing at the event include Melody Movers youth choir, give-piece metal band Pandemic, indie/rock outfit Skrumpy Jack and Horsecross Glee and Glee Juniors.

And, as a bonus, Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre will hold the first National Festival Scotland on Friday, June 8, which will give an opportunity for a number of ensembles which took part in the Regional Festival Series to perform at a one day festival taking in performance opportunities, collaborative ventures, workshops and master classes.

The festival will showcase music being made by young people today, so there will be jazz, rock, chamber music, musical theatre, creative ensembles and more.

The Perth Festival of Music for Youth on March 25 is one of 74 Music for Youth regional festivals across the UK between February and April. Three of these festivals are taking place in Scotland, with Glasgow and Inverness also hosting festivals this month.

“The Perth Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the music-making taking place within Scotland,” said Lincoln Abbotts, chief executive of Music for Youth.

“Rather than competitive, the festivals are celebratory with motivation for taking part coming from the experience of performing alongside, listening to and learning from a hugely eclectic range of ensembles.”

Since it began in 1970 Music for Youth has provided inspirational musical experiences for more than 2.5 million young people. The Regional Festival Series is the gateway to the MFY season, offering musicians aged 21 or under the opportunity to perform live in a supportive environment and receive valuable feedback from music professionals.

Mr Abbotts continued: “Having held our launch event and a regional festival at Perth Concert Hall, Perth and Horsecross Arts are the ideal partners to stage the first MFY National Festival Scotland in June.

“The facilities offered by both the concert hall and the theatre are fantastic and will provide the young musicians with a rich musical experience.

“Throughout the National Festival Scotland, Perth will buzz with the energy of excited young performers, who along with their family, friends and supporters will travel from across Scotland to take part. We want everyone coming to the festival to get the most out of it such as meeting other musicians, trying something new and leave feeling inspired.”

Jenn Minchin, head of creative learning for Horsecross Arts, commented: “Some of the UK’s most respected musicians have come through the Music for Youth process, including Nigel Kennedy, Gary Barlow and Evelyn Glennie.

“We are thrilled that Perth Concert Hall has been selected to host the regional festival and the first ever National Music for Youth Festival in Scotland. It’s a fantastic endorsement of our youth music programmes and confirms our position as a hub for young person’s art in Scotland.

“We’ve got some great young people lined up to perform and, as this is going to become a regular annual event, we would like to encourage anybody with an interest in taking part next year to come and see the show on the day. They can register their interest for the 2013 event from August 20.”

Tickets

The Perth Festival of Music for Youth in Perth Concert Hall from 10am to 5.30pm on Sunday, March 25, is open to the public – tickets available from Horsecross Arts box office on 01738 621031, online at www.horsecross.co.uk

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