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Competition to put young musicians on the big stage returns

A competition that gives young musicians in Swansea a chance to showcase their talents on the big stage is making a comeback.

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Swansea Music Unit has relaunched the Primary Schools' Music Festival which will see a dozen schools perform at a gala concert at the Brangwyn Hall in the autumn.

All primary schools in the city have been invited to enter performers for the competition run by the Swansea Council service, with the top three schools winning money to spend on instruments or musical resources.

They need to submit a recording of their entry, which can be orchestral, instrumental, choral or a piece of musical theatre, by July 7.

Judges will then go through each performance selecting 12 schools to create a varied programme for the concert on October 15 which will form part of this year's Swansea International Festival.

Karin Jenkins, Head of the City and County of Swansea Music Unit, said: "Our teachers work with many gifted young musicians in primary schools.

"We know there is a lot of talent out there and this prestigious event will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of our city's young talent to a wider audience.

"Every school that enters will receive feedback from the judges and a certificate.

"The 12 schools that are then selected for the concert will be competing for the title and money to spend on music."

The Primary Schools' Music Festival is being kindly sponsored by Swansea Bay Radio.

Kevin Hire, from Swansea Bay Radio, said: "We as a station are thrilled to be supporting such a fantastic opportunity for schools in the Swansea area.

"We are looking forward to seeing what talent comes from the festival and supporting the children throughout the competition."

The Swansea Music Unit has developed out of the former West Glamorgan Music Service.

It provides music tuition to more than 80 per cent of schools in the city.

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Life Long Learning, said: "The Primary Schools' Music Festival was last held in 2010 and I'm delighted that our music service has teamed up with the Swansea International Festival to secure its return.

"The service has some first class teachers who do a wonderful job in nurturing our young musicians and the Brangwyn Hall is a fitting venue to showcase their talents.

"I would encourage primary schools to enter and I wish them all the very best of luck."


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