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Music For Youth 2012 – A bumper year for HMS

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service has worked hard to achieve its high profile in this year’s renowned National Festival of Music for Youth, a six-day music festival taking place during the first week of July in Birmingham and showcasing inspirational young musicians from across the UK.

Following a network of regional performances nearly 500 young Hampshire musicians will be performing in Birmingham during the week 2-7 July 2012 in the final stage of this celebrated competition. They will be joined by 12,000 other children from across the UK in what promises to be a nail biting finale to a year of practice and preparation.

The young musicians are members of seven Hampshire Music Service (HMS) ensembles and four school ensembles. The HMS ensembles are: Hampshire County Youth Band, HCYB Percussion Ensemble, Hampshire String Quartet, Oku Nojo Daiko (Japanese drumming ensemble and last year’s winner of the ‘Student Composition Award’), Basingstoke Area Youth Wind Orchestra, North East Hants Area Senior Strings, Award Scheme Saxophone Quartet. The four schools, whose ensembles are taught and supported by HMS staff, are: All Saints CE Junior, Portchester Community School, Wyvern Technology College and Alton Sixth Form College.

Jill Larner, Head of Hampshire Music Service, is delighted and says, `This is wonderful news and a fantastic opportunity for our ensembles to shine. My thanks go to all my colleagues who have worked so hard with our young musicians to reach this stage.”

Oku Nojo Daiko, the North East Hampshire Area Schools Taiko drumming ensemble from Aldershot, was winner of last year’s ‘Student Composition Award’ and was invited to perform the piece, entitled ‘A New Dawn’, at the high profile Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2011. From an original field of over 3,000 music ensembles they were one of only six groups to perform in front of 7,000 children.

Oku Nojo Daiko