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Music for Youth – Birmingham groups selected!

April 29th, 2019 by Emma Archer

Fantastic news just in! Here are the Gwent Groups that have been selected to perform in the National Festival Music for Youth in Birmingham 😊

More details about further rehearsals and arrangements will be out as soon as possible- many congrats to all students and staff for the fabulous performances that lead to such a great number being chosen!

Gwent Youth Guitars 
Swn Celtaidd
Gwent Youth Brass Band
Gwent Combined Wind Orchestra
Greater Gwent Youth Jazz Orchestra
Gwent Youth Orchestra

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It’s Music For Youth time!

March 21st, 2019 by Emma Archer

Come and join us for a great selection of performances over a full day tomorrow. Starting with our school groups during the day at 10.00am and finishing with our Showcase in the evening, it will be a  fantasttic day of youth music. Mentors from Music for Youth will be on hand to give feedback to all performers, on this first stage of their journey, some will make it all the way to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Proms in November.

Tickets on the door are available, £3 for a day ticket, £5 for the evening, under 16s free of charge.

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Monmouthshire Spring Showcase

March 12th, 2019 by Emma Archer

Ysgol Gyfun Trefynwy, nos Wener 15 Mawrth 7pm
Monmouth Comprehensive School, Friday 15th March 7pm

Gwent Music is pleased to welcome Music For Youth to our Spring Showcase series. We have developed
this series in order to sustain the involvement of as many children and young people with the Music for
Youth event, whilst responding to ongoing Local Authority savings. This new way of showcasing the
fantastic talent we have, will mean that all the groups you hear tonight will automatically be considered
for selection to progress to the next level at the National Festival in Birmingham in July; we hope that
some will gain a place on a main stage. There will be an opportunity at the end of the concert for the
groups to receive some verbal feedback from our mentor, and we will circulate the written feedback to all

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Gwent Youth Jazz Orchestra @ Whiteheads October 26th

February 11th, 2019 by Emma Archer

Director Paul Hornsby

End of Course Concert

Tickets £5 available on the door

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Deadline for ABRSM Friday 8th

February 5th, 2019 by Emma Archer

Don’t forget to get your entry forms in to us if your child has been entered for an exam this term.

Practical Exams

   Closing Date: Fri 8th February 2019

   Provisional Exam Dates: Wed 3rd to Wed 10th April

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February 1st, 2019 by Emma Archer


The following sessions have to be CANCELLED due to school closure:

Friday 1st February 19

Blaenau Gwent Music Centre

Saturday 2nd February 19

South Gwent Music Centre
Combined Senior Winds
Gwent Youth Winds
Gwent Youth Orchestra

We will be in touch regarding the Youth Orchestra course preparation rehearsal as soon as services return to normal and we have information to share.

Please share the word and help us make sure nobody has a wasted journey!

Kicking off Christmas

November 23rd, 2018 by Emma Archer

So, unbelievably we are nearly into the Christmas season! A week on Sunday is our first Christmas event with the Youth Choir providing a festive celebration in Monmouth, closely followed by Music Centre concerts in South and North Monmouthshire Music Centres the following Wednesday the 5th, Blaenau Gwent gets into Christmas cheer on the 7th, and then the Newport Christmas Extravaganza on the 9th.

Hoping to see you there for one or all of these, ho ho ho!

Royal Albert Hall Plans are go!

October 17th, 2018 by Emma Archer

Please find below the details for the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra annual non-residential course and concert.


Friday 26th October5.30pm-8.30pm Caerleon Comprehensive (old library)


Saturday 27th October – Monday 29th October9.30am-3.30pm  Caerleon Comprehensive (Main hall and sectional rooms)


Tuesday 30th October:

2-5pm rehearsal in Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre

7pm: Concert in Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre


Concert dress:

Boys: white shirt, black bow tie, black trousers, black dinner jacket, black shoes and socks.


Girls: long black dress, black shoes.


Other information


  1. Please ensure that you have sufficient drinks and food for the course each day and also for the day in Ebbw Vale.


  1. It is very important that you inform me if you are not able to attend the course. For those who have already let me know there is no need to reply.


  1. For those students who are in university I would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance for the Monday and Tuesday of the course. I realise that you may not be able to miss lectures but I would expect you to make every possible effort to perform in the concert on the Tuesday evening. This will be our last chance to perform together before the Royal Albert Hall on 5th November!


Schools Proms -Royal Albert Hall: Monday 5th November 2018


We need to give MFY a participants list and a stage plan for 5th November.


Final details about the buses and rehearsal times for the day will be sent out very shortly.


Don’t forget to arrange tickets for any supporters. You can get these from the Royal Albert Hall box office


I will be emailing out parts for ‘Vesuvius’ for you to practice at home, so keep an eye out for emails!


I look forward to working with you all on our course. We have some exciting repertoire to look at !


Best wishes


Beth Linton

Group director

Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra

Gwent Music

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Friends of Gwent Music’s BIG LUNCH

July 18th, 2018 by Emma Archer

As we start the new music calendar, the Friends of Great Gwent Youth Music have arranged a post-rehearsal social on the 15th September. From 12.30, there will be a variety of gourmet catering vans providing lunch for students.  Friends of Greater Gwent Music will be paying for this as a welcome back for our musicians of 2018!  They would love to see parents, family and friends there too with gourmet food options available to purchase.  There will also be live music from the Gwent Music Staff Band, busking and the chance to socialise and hear more about how you can help the Friends Committee to raise funds and support our young musicians.  It would be great to see you there!

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National Festival of Music For Youth

July 2nd, 2018 by Emma Archer

It’s MFY time again! It’s come round fast, and this year we have 6 groups performing in Birmingham! The Newport Cluster choir are performing in Symphony Hall on Tuesday. The Combined Newport & Torfaen Guitar Ensemble and the Gwent Youth Percussion Ensemble are performing in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Wednesday, with the Gwent Youth Choir performing in Symphony Hall. On Thursday we see Isca Linea Senior Strings under the baton of Dr Daniel Bickerton performing at Birmingham Town Hall. We complete the week with the Gwent Youth Orchestra performing on Friday evening at Symphony Hall. We wish all of our performers the best of luck, but most importantly, ENJOY IT!

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