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Music For Youth's 10th Anniversary in Birmingham

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Talented youngsters celebrate in style
More than 8,000 young musicians will descend on Birmingham between July 8 and 12 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Music For Youth.

The festival for talented music makers aged five – 21 features a huge range of entertainment, from brass bands, steel pans and choirs to rock, pop & urban, folk groups and orchestral ensembles.

Music For Youth, Birmingham
Anniversary celebrations: Music For Youth festival is heading for Birmingham

Main stage events take place at Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the Birmingham Conservatoire, with Fringe shows in a Centenary Square Festival Tent, on the Brindleyplace bandstand, at the Library of Birmingham and, for the first time, in various spaces across the Colmore Business District.

An Interactive Zone at Symphony Hall includes instrument demonstrations, taster sessions and musical games, with workshops and masterclasses for musicians, schools and music professionals.

Music For Youth, Birmingham
On stage: Young musicians perform at Music For Youth festival

Birmingham groups are well represented and include Town Hall and Symphony Hall's Jazz Electives (part of THSH's Generation Ladywood project) who will give an extract from a work written for them by eminent jazz musician Mark Lockheart.

Mark Lockheart and Laura Jurd also take part in the daily Ten Past Two…Performances by the Pros slot, as do Birmingham Conservatoire's brass and percussionists with a specially commissioned festival fanfare by Joe Cutler of Birmingham Conservatoire. The Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Birmingham Schools' Concert Orchestra are involved in main stage events.

Music For Youth, Birmingham
All-age festival: There's something for everyone at Music For Youth

Speaking of the anniversary, Judith Webster, Chief Executive, Music for Youth, says: ''Music for Youth has built up an incredibly positive relationship with Birmingham over the last ten years, and we are proud to be able to work with city partners to present such an exciting celebration of young musical talent. With over 8,000 performers and everything from duos to 120-piece orchestras, there really is something for everyone – young or old.''

Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive of Town Hall & Symphony Hall, adds: ''We know that the experience of playing or singing on the Town Hall or Symphony Hall's stage can be a thrilling, memorable, and sometimes life-changing, experience. Making our halls available in this way is one of the most valuable and rewarding things we can do for our nation's young musicians. Every year, THSH's education, community and talent development programme reaches 18,000 and, through Music for Youth, that number expands yet further. We are proud to be celebrating this 10th anniversary achievement."
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Why? A festival feast of youthful music.
When: July 8 - 12, 2014
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Birmingham city centre
Cost: £8 plus fees
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