A chance for young tal­ent to shine

Bucks per­form­ers en­cour­aged to sign up for fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing clas­si­cal, rock, jazz and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The lead­ing in­de­pen­dent, all-abil­ity school is bid­ding to ex­pand on the great suc­cess of its in­au­gu­ral Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from last year, which saw al­most 100 young mu­si­cians from a num­ber of coun­ties per­form on the LVS As­cot stage in front of a packed au­di­to­rium.

With a 300-seat staged theatre to host the per­for­mances on Fe­bru­ary 6 and 7 along with other fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in­clud­ing a record­ing stu­dio and recital room, bud­ding young per­form­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of the day and the board­ing school’s qual­ity mu­sic pro­vi­sion and en­hance their skills.

Solo cat­e­gories in­clude vo­cal, pi­ano, strings, wood­wind and brass, with ad­di­tional en­sem­ble and choir cat­e­gories al­low­ing the school to demon­strate its ethos of in­spir­ing in­di­vid­ual suc­cess but also en­cour­ag­ing and team­work.

As LVS As­cot seeks to draw on pupils’ strengths

in­te­gra­tion to al­low them to ex­cel at their per­sonal tal­ents, this year more con­tem­po­rary jazz and rock/pop band cat­e­gories have been added to en­sure an eclec­tic mix of tal­ent will be cel­e­brated.

LVS As­cot Mu­sic Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser and teacher of mu­sic James Bryant said: “We have de­vel­oped the fes­ti­val this year to a broader range of classes to re­flect the huge range of tal­ent that young mu­si­cians in the area have. As an all-abil­ity school with no en­trance exam, we are also go­ing to ex­press that ethos via ‘Per­form­ers’ Plat­forms’ with a se­lec­tion of non­com­pet­i­tive classes to al­low per­form­ers the op­por­tu­nity to play with­out the pres­sure of com­pe­ti­tion.

For begin­ner and ju­nior pi­anists th­ese will be run on a friendly and in­for­mal ba­sis in small classes.”

En­tries close on Tues­day (Jan 26).

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.lvs.as­cot.sch.uk/

Above right, cel­list Yi Ann Ye­ung re­ceives her tro­phy from LVS As­cot mu­sic teacher James Wilder in 2015. Above, a stu­dent per­forms at last year’s fes­ti­val

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