200 young musicians will perform together at the Festival of Music on Saturday 29 April at the University of Worcester Arena.

The musicians, aged 7 to 23 who come from across Worcestershire, are all part of Severn Arts Lift Off!, music centre groups, and intermediate and youth bands and orchestras. Together they will be performing the finale piece ‘Bewdley Bridge’ composed by David Cowell and designed with a part for every instrumentalist at every level. In total there are 50 different parts and 23 different instruments will be played!

Prior to the finale each of the music groups, bands and orchestras will be performing a range of fun and well-known pieces such as Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray and What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele. The evening will be compered by members of the intermediate and youth bands and orchestras.

Ian Hattersley, Severn Arts Music Lead said: “It’s wonderful to bring such a large number of students of all ages and abilities together for such a celebratory concert. To have a composed piece ‘Bewdley Bridge’ that has parts for every instrumentalist at every level is really special, giving our beginner musicians a new opportunity to perform alongside our advanced musicians.”

Samuel Caskie, member of WYJO, WYO and WYCB and a compere for the Festival of Music said: I'm really looking forward to playing the pieces we've learnt this year and taking part in three of the ensembles.”  

Everyone is invited to come along to the Festival of Music. Doors open at 4.30pm, concert starts at 5pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, children and unemployed. To purchase online visit https://www.ticketline.co.uk/severn-arts-festivalthey will also be available on the door. 

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