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WNAT musicians star in music festival

Young musicians from across West Norfolk showcased their talents at this year’s Music for Youth Regional Festival – including many from Springwood High School.

The event was held in the school's Peter Hopkins Hall, where 12 different groups from 10 of the region's schools performed, along with a group from the County Music Service.

Among the performers were the members of four Springwood ensembles – the school’s Concert Band, Big Band, and the Cantabene and Kingsmen choirs – while pieces played ranged from Cantabene’s ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ to the Concert Band’s rendition of ‘Eye of the Tiger’.

Robin Norman, who is Director of Music at both Springwood and WNAT, said: “The Music for Youth National Festival has been operating for many years but, here at Springwood, the Regional Festivals have been running for around 20 years.

“The day was a rousing success for all the groups concerned. The next stage, for those who are successful, is an invitation to the National Festival, which takes place in Birmingham in July. These performances take place either in the Symphony Hall or the Town Hall – both iconic venues in the UK.”

“Springwood has been incredibly lucky to have qualified for this on numerous occasions, including each of the four groups taking part this time,” he continued.

“The opportunity to perform on a national stage and to receive feedback from experienced professional musicians cannot be undervalued.

“Because of Music for Youth, our students have performed on some of the most iconic stages in the UK, and this helps to inspire them to the next stage of their musical lives.

“We will not know if any groups have been invited to the next stage until May at the earliest, but we will be keeping our fingers crossed.”