Today the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra were invited to perform at the National Festival in Birmingham. Run by MusicĀ for Youth, the National Festival is a week-long celebration featuring several thousand of the country’s top young musicians, taking over various venues across the city. There are workshops, performances, stalls and street performances – with music in Symphony Hall, the Town Hall, Birmingham Peoples’ Library and the Birmingham Conservatoire, the mood is more akin to Glastonbury!

SCYO have been invited to take part in a celebration of the composer Benjamin Britten. Earlier this year the group performed his ‘Soirees Musicale’ to great acclaim, as part of the Britten and Beyond Project. As one of only 23 groups across the globe chosen to take part in the project, they will be performing at the 520-seat Adrian Boult Hall. As well as their own performance, they will be joining forces with other groups to perform a newly-arranged work. It promises to be a great day, with the orchestra performing at national level. The day will also contain workshops and opportunities to watch other groups. Plus the performance will be webcast around the globe!

There are more details about the day atĀ www.mfy.org.uk, or you can watch highlights from last year’s festival below.