Gallery: Celebration of young musicians

CHILDREN of all abilities from across Suffolk are showcasing their music skills at a world-famous concert hall this week.

CHILDREN of all abilities from across Suffolk are showcasing their music skills at a world-famous concert hall this week.

Around 1,400 pupils from 45 schools across the county are taking to the stage at Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of the annual production A Celebration of Schools' Music.

The 22nd event is focusing on the theme “music and the mind”, which has already brought an array of eclectic sounds to the ears of an 800 strong audience over the first two days.

Lizzie Woods, projects officer at Aldeburgh Music, which is one of the main partners in the event, said: “A Celebration of Schools' Music gives pupils from Suffolk schools the chance to experience the magic of performing in front of 800 people, on a stage where some of the world's greatest musicians have played.


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“I took part in celebration when I was at school and, like other people I know who have taken part I've never forgotten what an amazing experience it was.”

Sponsored by Trinity Guildhall, the event features everything from jazz and rock bands, choirs and orchestras to ensembles and cross-arts pieces, demonstrating the sheer breadth of work currently being produced within local schools.

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Suffolk County Council is also involved in putting on the huge concert, which involves all ages and stages of Suffolk maintained schools.

All the children are also given the star treatment performers are accustomed to at Snape Maltings, with a dressing room, crew and technical staff, and dress rehearsals all part of the experience.

- A Celebration of Schools' Music runs until March 14. Performances begin at 7pm and tickets are priced at �6 (�3 for under27s) and are available from the Aldeburgh Music Box Office on 01728 687110 or online at www.aldeburgh.co.uk.

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