Fes­ti­val will be the high­light of the year

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Music Matters -

As men­tioned in last month’s col­umn, I am sure that your Christ­mas and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded lots of great mu­sic and hope­fully, per­haps, a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to dust off that old gui­tar, join a choir, or quite sim­ply to seek out and en­joy live mu­sic much more dur­ing 2017.

The Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub will con­tinue its work with schools across the city, sup­port­ing mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and mu­sic mak­ing.

The ben­e­fits to a child’s ed­u­ca­tion through mu­sic and singing are well doc­u­mented and im­prove­ments in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, lis­ten­ing skills, phys­i­cal dex­ter­ity and co­or­di­na­tion, very ob­vi­ous ad­van­tages to tak­ing up an in­stru­ment.

This term, chil­dren and young peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough will have the op­por­tu­nity to work along­side pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians from the Na­tional Youth Jazz Col­lec­tive and na­tion­ally renowned cho­ral group The Six­teen. Next month also sees the pre­miere of a new cho­ral piece, Even You Song. It will be per­formed at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, at 6.30pm - fea­tur­ing chil­dren from lo­cal schools and the Cathe­dral Choir.

Peter­bor­ough Sings! will also present an­other Big Sing event for schools in Fe­bru­ary, fea­tur­ing mu­sic from The Bea­tles, with two work­shops and per­for­mances at The Cres­set.

Lo­cal young mu­si­cians should make note of Jan­uary 21 (9am-12.30pm) at Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy for the next Peter­bor­ough Cen­tre for Young Mu­si­cians Open Day and for the Fe­bru­ary half term - Fe­bru­ary 18 and 19 - with the Peter­bor­ough Youth Orches­tra. Young peo­ple un­der 19 and play­ing at Grade 5 and above are in­vited to join PYO for this spe­cial week­end work­shop on Beethoven’s 5th Sym­phony. Places are free, con­tact mu­sichub@peter­bor­ough.gov. uk for ap­pli­ca­tion forms and fur­ther de­tails.

Schools will also come to­gether at the end of March, at Kings­Gate Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, for a fab­u­lous new event high­light­ing the very best in mu­sic - Schools Make Mu­sic. The show will cel­e­brate mu­sic mak­ing in schools and fea­ture, choirs, in­stru­men­tal­ists and oth­ers, to recog­nise the di­ver­sity and skills of the city’s young mu­si­cians.

How­ever, the high­light of the 2017 sched­ule will be the re­turn of the Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. This year, the event will run from the city’s Key The­atre and will pro­vide a week long pro­gramme of mu­si­cal com­pe­ti­tion - cul­mi­nat­ing in the Peter­bor­ough Young Mu­si­cian of the Year Con­cert on Satur­day, March 18. Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub also spon­sors a com­pe­ti­tion specif­i­cally for Peter­bor­ough’s young com­posers and song­writ­ers - the New Youth Mu­sic Show­case - tak­ing place this year on Fri­day, March 17. De­tails of all Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Fes­ti­val events can be found on the web­site - www.pe­ter­bor­ough­mu­sicfes­ti­val.org.uk - with a host of cat­e­gories and prizes to be won.

There’s a wealth of mu­sic events for ev­ery­one to en­joy, so make a com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing live mu­sic in 2017 and where bet­ter to look than here in the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph for the best guide to lo­cal events. Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub also fea­tures mu­sic high­lights at www. pe­ter­bor­ough­mu­sichub. org.uk and mu­sic event or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­aged to let the Hub team know of up­com­ing per­for­mances and events for the Hub to share with col­leagues across the re­gion.

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