Bags and instruments packed for summer of music - Hampshire youth music ensembles set off to serenade Europe

School may be out for the summer, but 162 members of Hampshire’s youth ensembles are taking their music to new audiences both at home and abroad during the holidays

Jul 26 2019

The ensembles, which bring together the county’s most able young musicians aged 11 to 18, are led by Hampshire Music Service, part of the County Council,

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, wished all the members a safe and successful trip. She said: “These young musicians have worked hard all year practising and playing locally, and have been looking forward to these tours for months. Their enthusiasm and musical talent make all their performances a delight to watch – they are a credit to Hampshire, and can be proud to represent the county on the wider stage. These tours will be a fabulous experience for them, reinforcing the value of making music while creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

The four self-funded tours organised for the holidays are:

Hampshire County Youth Band: Tour to Languedoc-Roussillon, France (nine days from 20 July). Concerts at venues including the Campredon Centre d’Art and the gardens of Chateau d’Espeyran in Saint Gille;

Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestra: Tour to Italy (seven days from 29 July). Day trips to Verona and Venice and a concert on the shores of Lake Garda;

Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra: Tour to Germany (seven days from 29 July). Visit to Luxembourg city and an outdoor concert at Bad Kreuznach Spa Hall;

Hamble Area Youth Band: Tour to Cornwall (four days from 29 August). Two concerts in bandstands in Falmouth and Truro.

The Hampshire Music Service is committed to giving every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music - more information on the opportunities offered by the service  is available on Hantsweb.