01 July 2010

Young musical talent in Northamptonshire will be celebrated this weekend with two concerts showcasing the results of months of hard work and rehearsal.

Northamptonshire County Council’s music and performing arts service has organised the events at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate and early indications show there will be almost a capacity audience for the performances on Sunday.

At 2:00 p.m. the New Generation event will include performances from all the junior county groups, including the junior youth orchestra, string ensemble, choirs, brass, jazz and wind bands.

The evening event, the Second Generation Concert, involves all the training level groups – which are set to top level award winning youth orchestras next year.

Cllr Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “All the groups have been working really hard towards this special event and it’s a complete delight every year to hear how much they’ve improved – they really achieve outstanding results and a professional sound.

“Working together in a musical ensemble is a really special experience, building not just musical skills but also a range of positive life skills including being part of a team and working together towards common goals.

“Our young musicians are a clear example of the excellence young people can achieve if given the opportunity.”

The county council’s music service offers, on a weekly basis, arts experiences to 3,300 young musicians, actors and dancers through its area network of 16 centres and this weekend some 700 children from across the county will be involved.

Taking part in the performances will be 16 orchestras, bands and choirs – with music ranging across the whole spectrum of musical tastes.

Tickets for the concerts are available by ringing the Derngate’s box office on 01604 624811