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Swindon Young Musicians to play alongside Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on 23 March

Swindon Young Musicians will be joining eight members of the regional Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at The Platform on 23rd March, to deliver an exciting programme of music to over a hundred GCSE music students from Swindon schools.

The concert is a result of the partnership between Swindon Borough Council’s local music hub ‘Make Music Swindon’ and the BSO.

Three members of Swindon Young Musicians – the Swindon Music Service out of school music club - will be playing alongside the professionals from BSO.  Sam James will be on guitar, Sabastian Scanlon on percussion and Sally Rudd will be doing vocals.

Make Music Swindon offers this professional concert experience at The Platform free to its member secondary schools.  The schools attending on 23rd March are: Churchfields, Commonweal, Dorcan, Isambard, St Joseph’s, Nova Hreod and Bradon Forest.

This concert is one of many musical events that take place through the year at The Platform, which is the base for Make Music Swindon and Swindon Music Service.

Lynn Hawkins, Swindon Music Service Singing Champion, said:

“Young musicians studying GCSE music learn a range of pieces and styles for their exam.  This performance, called a ‘set-works concert’, gives them a wonderful opportunity to experience music live that they might otherwise only hear via recordings.

“The composers - some of the ‘greats’ from both modern and earlier eras - are Purcell, Mozart, Schumann, Copland and The Beatles. I’m confident it will be a great concert and inspire both the musicians and audience equally.”

Cllr Fionuala Foley, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added:  “I am delighted that our Young Musicians will have this opportunity to play with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It is yet another example of the opportunities in Swindon for our music students to hone their skills, and will no doubt greatly contribute to their GCSE preparation.”