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Talented youngsters launch summer Bandstand Concerts

Tamworth Jam launch Music Outside

This year’s summer season of concerts from the iconic Castle Grounds Bandstand has been launched in style by a group of talented Tamworth teenagers.

The packed 2017 programme was kicked off by a group of 12 to 19-year-olds who have spent the last few months honing their musical and performance skills with music industry experts from Make Some Noise as part of a free mentoring scheme called ‘Tamworth Jam’.

Hundreds of people enjoyed solo and group performances from the young people throughout the afternoon on Saturday, July 1. There was a great atmosphere and feedback from the event was very positive.

A number of people were surveyed and all rated their experience as ‘excellent’.
Comments from audience members included: “Excellent opportunity for young musicians to gain experience.” “This was a great opportunity for young musicians to develop,” and “fantastic group of talented young people.”

The participants themselves were also full of praise for the scheme.
Brandon Duffy, a 16-year-old guitarist and singer, said: “I have loved being a part of this project. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and jam together. We are looking forward to working on our band and getting out there to perform.
Ukele player and singer Emily Woods (14) added: “Tamworth Jam has given me the opportunity to meet like-minded musicians; without this opportunity I would have been doing this alone. I have really learned a lot from this experience and loved performing on Saturday.”

Tamworth Jam is part of the ‘Music Outside’ element of the major two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces project which is funded by Arts Council England and Tamworth Borough Council to create and nurture new performers and audiences.

The Tamworth Jam performance marked the start of the packed programme of summer concerts from the Bandstand, which this year also comes under the Music Outside element of Arts in Unusual Spaces, to maximise opportunities for people to entertain and be entertained.

The remaining 2017 line-up is as follows:
• Saturday July 22 – Amington Band
• Sunday July 23 – The Jays Vintage & Andy B Goode
• Saturday July 29 – Tamworth Voices
• Sunday July 30 – Claret
• Saturday August 12 – 58 Blues Band
• Saturday August 19 – Brindley-Hunt
• Sunday August 20 – Liquid Brass
• Saturday September 2 – Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, all the concerts are free of charge, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets down to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 12pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions).

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The youngsters from Tamworth Jam did a fantastic job in getting the summer Bandstand Concerts underway. Some of them had never performed before and they have all improved in both confidence and skills since joining Tamworth Jam.
“The project has been a real success and we hope it will inspire the performers to go on to bigger and better things.

“The Bandstand Concerts will now continue throughout the summer with a range of performances to suit all tastes and we hope to see lots of people taking up the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live entertainment in the park.”

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