July 8, 2008

Musical Youth Wake Up Brum

By Jasbir Authi

BIRMINGHAM is ringing to the sounds of music thanks to 10,000 youngsters gathered for the National Festival of Music for Youth.

More than 315 groups of musicians from all over the country are performing during the festival at Birmingham Symphony Hall and other city venues, until Saturday.

One Voice, a group of 35 talented six and seven year olds from Walsall, kicked off the event with a performance of off beat rhythms and melodies from Senegal and Zambia.

Lincoln Abbotts, chief executive at Music for Youth, said: "The festival is one of the world's greatest youth music festivals and for the young performers, being part of it gives them a huge sense of achievement.

"The opportunity to perform in major venues provides these young musicians with the motivation and inspiration to fully explore their musical talents."

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