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'Best in Country' Tees Valley youth invited to perform at prestigious national music festival

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Young people from Tees Valley Music Service – Music Education Hub have been invited to perform at one of the UK’s most prestigious national music festivals.

Members of Tees Valley Youth Choir, Tees Valley Youth Orchestra and the world-music ensemble ‘Yangchin’ will perform at the ‘National Festival of Music for Youth’ between 8-12 July in Birmingham.

Following a number of regional heats, the three groups have been selected as being amongst the best young musicians and ensembles in the country, they will now perform at the Festival where they will compete for a number of national awards – some performers may also be invited to take place in ‘Schools Prom’ at the Royal Albert Hall, London, later in the year.

In addition, the Tees Valley Youth Big Band has been invited to play in a ‘Fringe Festival’ which has also been organised to take part during the National Festival.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “My warmest congratulations to the young people and staff whose hard work and dedication has resulted in the honour of being invited to perform at the Nation Festival of Music for Youth.

“The discipline required to achieve such outstanding success is a great reflection of our young people and the dedication of the staff and volunteers who provide TVMS – Music Education Hub services. The experience of performing on a national stage will create a very special set of memories for all which will last a lifetime – good luck to everyone involved.”

Tees Valley Youth Choir, conducted by Andy King, has members aged between 15 to 19 years old. The Choir has performed at the Festival on a number of previous occasions winning several awards and has also previously performed at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The Choir also recently took part in the 'Choir of the Year 2014' regional heats and were named 'Choir of the Day'.

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Nowicki, has members aged between 14 to 19 years old. This is their third invite to the Festival and they will also be taking part in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Florence in July.

'Yangchin', conducted by Chris Lewis, has members aged between nine to 17 years old and performs a range of music from around the world. This year’s programme will feature music from Japan, Turkey and Bolivia. They are previous Festival award winners and have performed seven times at School Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall.

TVMS – Music Education Hub, managed on behalf of the Tees Valley local authorities by Stockton Borough Council, is committed to maintaining and developing partnership to provide the broadest and highest quality opportunities for music for children, young people and adults across Tees Valley. Visit for more information.

The National Festival of Music for Youth is run by ‘Music for Youth’, a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. Visit for more information.

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