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Music for Youth Festival

John Port School wind band and The Rebel Clefs recently performed again at the annual Music for Youth, the world’s largest music festival! Each year around 50,000 young people take part, performing at venues all over the country.  The band and the choir performed at the beautiful CBSO Centre in Birmingham. 

The Rebel Clefs were commended by the music mentors for the beautiful sound they create and for their ability to tell the story of their songs, Don’t You Worry Child and Lean on Me.  The School Band impressed the mentors and the audience with a programme of three pieces. They gave an eerie and suspenseful performance of The Teddy Bear’s Massacre, a macabre take on the Teddy Bear’s picnic specially arranged for the band by composer Paul McGhee.  Benn Clarke showed off his virtuosic clarinet playing with an exciting performance of Flight of the Bumblebee before the band’s dramatic conclusion with Doctor Who: Through Space and Time.

 

Pictured: Harry Barker, Fiona Bower, Mr. C. Harron, Andy Grappy (MFY music mentor)