Show will go on despite Young Musician comp cancellation - The Evesham Observer

Show will go on despite Young Musician comp cancellation

Rob George 8th Jun, 2019   0

EVESHAM Festival of Music chiefs have vowed the show will go on – despite axing the Young Musician of the Year final due to a lack of interest.

Just six applications were received, not enough for festival bosses to hold a meaningful competition across the four categories before the proposed culmination of the event next Wednesday (June 19).

Committee chairman Frances Smith told the Observer of her sadness at the decision but vowed organisers would examine how they promote the competition in future years.

Despite the traditional curtain-raiser to the celebration of music being cancelled, this year’s festival will feature a variety of events for everyone to enjoy.

Evesham Arts Centre will now host the opening event of this year’s festival with the popular Schools Together concert on Thursday, June 20 from 7pm.

Young musicians from Bredon Hill Academy, Blackminster Middle School, The De Montfort School and St Egwin’s Middle School will perform their show-stoppers before a coming together for a rousing finale. Tickets are £6 and £3 for under-16s.

Music Through the Decades will be held on Friday, June 21 from 7.30pm featuring the talents of Betsy Harmony, George Smith and The Big Ginge Blues Band, Mums Aloud and Josh Harris. Tickets are £10 and £7 for the under-25s.

A packed day of free music will be on offer at The Valley on Saturday, June 22 from 10am to 3pm in a showcase of local talent for music lovers to enjoy.

The show will feature a host of artists including the All About Swing Dance Troupe who teach swing, lindy hop, balboa and jazz steps in Evesham and across the Midlands.

There will also be free live music at Evesham Methodist Church from 1.30pm on the same day as Musyck Anon, the Evesham Concert Band and Vale Connection all take to the stage.

From the madrigals and 16th and 17th century part songs of Musyck Anon to the variety of Evesham Concert Band and the rich harmonies of the ladies a capella chorus of Vale Connection, the event will have something for everyone.

Members of the Stratford-upon-Avon Symphony Orchestra will raise the roof of Evesham Arts Centre for the traditional Last Night of the Proms finale to the festival on Saturday, June 22.

The programme will include popular works by Arnold, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Elgar. After the interval enjoy all the fun of the Last Night of the Proms with everyone joining in with Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem.

Tickets for the event are £12 and £8 for the under-25s.

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