Around 2,800 children from schools across Medway will take part in a series of concerts to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Medway Music Association.

The Primary Choral and Instrumental Festival takes place from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 March at The Central Theatre, Chatham.

A 200-strong Recorder Ensemble and the recently formed Medway Junior Youth Orchestra will open the festival with a performance on Monday night (11 March) at 7pm.

On Tuesday, 12 March children from more than 50 infant and primary schools across Medway will perform a challenging and enjoyable programme of music. Each day next week infant school pupils will perform at 10am, while primary pupils will perform at 7pm.

The festival closes on Friday, 15 March at 7pm with the Medway Prom featuring performances from Medway’s Consortia Music Centres at Hilltop School and St Margaret’s CE Junior School, Rainham and the Medway Schools’ Wind Band.

Medway Music Adviser Derek Blease said: “I am delighted that Medway Council won the bid to become the leaders of Dynamics – the Medway Music Education Hub. This will enable music in Medway to continue to thrive through the benefits of a broad range of partnerships, including the Medway Music Association, which has delivered such a broad and worthwhile range of music opportunities for young people in Medway. My very grateful thanks go to everyone who has contributed. There is much to look forward to in the future.”

An Easter Music School will take place on 3, 4 and 5 April at St Margaret’s CE Junior School, Rainham.

A Summer Holiday Course will take place on 24, 25 and 26 July both held at St Margaret’s CE Junior School, Rainham.

Saturday Music Centres take place at Hilltop Primary School and St Margaret’s CE Junior School, Rainham throughout the year.

For more details contact Elizabeth Jenkins on e.jenkins3@btinternet.com or Andrew Lane, Music Project Officer on 01634 334008 or andrew.lane@medway.gov.uk

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