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Peterborough Music Festival

Shirley Hallam, Peterborough Music Festival committee member and organiser, reveals what we can expect from this year’s performances between 14-18 March 2017 at the Key Theatre

‘The Music Festival has been running as an annual event since 1925, so it’s part of the city’s heritage. It’s a sort of a competition, in which children take part singing or playing instruments in graded classes, are listened to by an adjudicator, and then are evaluated on their performance. It’s quite a tough challenge for young people, but aims to be a supportive environment. Taking part in that event improves performance and confidence so it’s an important part of their musical development and particularly their performance skills. Not all will go on to be professional musicians by any means, but it instils in them an enjoyment of music, and an understanding of different styles of music.

The 2017 competition moves to the Key Theatre for the first time with the whole Music Festival taking place there. Also returning to the 2017 programme is the New Youth Music Showcase – a collaboration with the Peterborough Music Hub. The Showcase is for young songwriters perform their new contemporary pieces. Cash prizes, recording sessions and future performance opportunities are included within the prizes.

Peterborough Music Festival dates

14-18 March 2017 at the Key Theatre
● 2013 Young Musician of the Year Irena Radic
● Thursday, 16 March, Piano/ Solo and duet singing / Recorders
● Friday, 17 March, School choirs / New Youth Music Showcase
● Saturday, 18 March, Adult and youth community choirs / Young Musician of the Year concert The New Youth Music Showcase on the evening of Friday 17 March and the Final Concert featuring the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year contest on 18 March are both open to the public.

The Peterborough Music Festival is an annual competition which has been part of Peterborough’s heritage since 1925. Join us for a week of exceptional musical performances by the region’s best young musicians.
Highlights of the week
● New Youth Music Showcase, Fri 17 March 7.30pm
● Final Concert including the contest to name the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year, Sat 18 March at 7.30pm.
● Tickets: £2 – £5

Entry forms and further details can be found at

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