PRESS RELEASE: Over 8,000 Young Musicians to Perform in Birmingham’s Most Prestigious Venues.

Date Published:28 June 2013
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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release: 28/06/13

Over 8,000 Young Musicians to Perform in Birmingham’s Most Prestigious Venues.

Over 8,000 talented young musicians from across Britain will descend on Birmingham’s most prestigious venues next week, for the annual Music for Youth National Festival. The festival is returning, between the 2-6 July, for its ninth year at Symphony Hall, Town Hall and Birmingham Conservatoire to showcase the breadth of young people’s music making.

The festival brings together young people of all ages to perform an exciting and diverse range of music, and receive feedback from professional musicians. All of the groups who perform at the National Festival have already taken part in one of 58 nationwide festivals earlier in the year.

Festival audiences will witness a celebration of the fantastic music education work taking place across the UK led by teachers, local community groups and volunteers. Young musicians also get to take part in a range of exciting workshops, access industry advice, and showcase their talent to the city of Birmingham in the especially constructed Festival Tent, in Centenary Square, sponsored by the NUT.

Birmingham and the West Midlands are represented by violin ensembles Strepitoso and Bravura, the Senior Concert Band from The High Arcal School in Sedgley and the respected Birmingham Schools' Concert Orchestra.

Judith Webster, Chief Executive of Music for Youth said “Birmingham has provided a wonderful home for the MFY National Festival for many years. Once again, we are proud to bring one of the most significant events for young musicians in the music education calendar to one of Britain’s most culturally dynamic cities and we are very grateful to our local partners for helping to make that possible.

Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham said "Having over 8,000 young performers from across the UK visit Birmingham each July is always a highlight in the city's cultural calendar. The enthusiasm, commitment and high standard of these musicians never fails to impress and we are delighted to offer them the opportunity to perform on Town Hall and Symphony Hall's world class stages. Our long-standing relationship with Music for Youth dovetails perfectly with Town Hall and Symphony Hall's own commitment to developing and nurturing young musicians in Birmingham."

Tickets for the general public to come and enjoy the festival performances are now on sale, with prices starting at £5.

Visit www.mfy.org.uk/birmingham for further information.

About Music for Youth
Music for Youth is a national charity that celebrates and supports the breadth of young people’s music making taking place across the UK. Since 1970, MFY has provided performance platforms for over a million young people on some of the UK’s world-class stages.

Major Sponsors: National Union of Teachers, Times Educational Supplement, Royal Albert Hall
Sponsors: ABRSM, Vivendi
Supported using public funding by: Department for Education, Arts Council England
Supported by: Trinity College London, Department of Education for Northern Ireland

For further information please contact:
Alistair McDonald – alistair@mfy.org.uk
Emma Lee – emma@mfy.org.uk

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