School music festivals to get Barnsley grooving

Children from across Barnsley will be hitting the right notes as the Barnsley Music Education Hub hosts two festivals at the Metrodome this week to celebrate their success.

The Key Stage Two Music Festival is back for the ninth year in a row and celebrates the achievements of young people in the borough who have been learning to play a musical instrument as part of their studies during the current academic year.

Over 1,600 young people from 37 schools will be performing across the six performances - at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July 2019.

Tickets for the Key Stage Two Music festival are £3 and can be bought on the door (cash only) at the Metrodome.

Meanwhile, the fifth edition of the Barnsley Schools Vocal Festival has opened itself up to children of all ages for the first time having previously only been open to primary school pupils.

A total of 15 school choirs, featuring 450 children, will participate, each performing two of their own songs before joining together to sing four songs with the backing of a professional band.

The Barnsley Schools Vocal Festival performances will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July. Tickets can be bought on the door and are £5 for adults or £3 for concessions.

Councillor Tim Cheetham, Cabinet spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "Music plays an integral part in our lives on a daily basis and it is important for the council and schools to continue to support art and creative subjects.

“It is great to see so many of our young residents getting involved in these festivals, which are a great opportunity for them to play in front of a large audience in a big arena and something they can take a lot of confidence from.

"I would encourage people to get to the Metrodome and take in one of the shows!"

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