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Bands on course for summer success
Friday 1st July, 2005

Wigan’s reputation as a hotbed of young musical talent will be confirmed over the next two weeks during a unique summer programme of tuition courses and concerts.

Four hundred of the borough’s finest young musicians are taking part in the scheme, which offers tuition and ensemble rehearsals culminating in five performances for friends and parents.

The programme include one and two day courses for no less than 23 separate ensembles — 5 orchestras, 2 choirs, 4 brass bands, 4 rock bands, a percussion ensemble, 3 jazz orchestras, and 2 guitar groups.

The young musicians are drawn from four music centres — two in Wigan, one each in Hindley and Leigh — and the concerts will take place at Lowton and Aspull Civic Halls, the JJB Stadium Marquee, Newton Parish Church and St Michael’s & All Angels in Swinley.

The summer courses have been organised by the borough’s music service, which provides tuition for thousands of young musicians in and out of school. It’s one of the biggest programmes of music tuition for a similar size of borough anywhere in the country and helps to explain why Wigan keeps on producing talented performers.

Chris Cull, Head of the Music Service said:

“Wigan has an abundance of wonderful young musicians performing in a diverse range of styles, but it doesn’t happen by chance.”

“We’re currently working with over 3000 pupils and have 28 ensembles rehearsing every week at our four music centres. We provide opportunities for concerts, trips abroad and residential courses.”

“Our summer courses give pupils the chance to work with experienced professional musicians and teachers, and to develop their ensemble and performance skills. We are looking forward to some outstanding concerts from all our young musicians.”

For more information contact Chris Cull, the Performing Arts Centre, Park Road, Hindley, Wigan (01942) 255227.

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