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Calling young songwriters & bands


Share your music.  Receive feedback from Industry Professionals.
Make contact with other young musicians.  Win a free performance opportunity at the Cheltenham Town Hall.


Young Composers get their works performed at leading venue.

GM is encouraging young composers to get creative for Christmas.

On Sunday 9th December, GM will be holding its’ annual Christmas Concert at the impressive Pittville Pump Room.  Each year the concert features the traditional Hark the Herald, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come All Ye Faithful.  This year we are seeking composers, youth bands or solo performers to come up with a new version of one of these carols.   Successful composers will get to hear their carol performed by our very own Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir or the Oriel Singers.  Alternatively young composers may opt to perform the work themselves. 

Go to our Composers Corner page for more details

BANDS and SONGWRITERS – come and join the world’s largest youth music festival in 2019.

Gloucestershire Music is looking for the best young bands and songwriters throughout Gloucestershire.  Here is your chance to perform as part of the world’s largest youth music festival, Music for Youth.

We're looking for local bands and songwriters to sign up to attend our 2019 Music for Youth Regional Festival.   Bands and songwriters will get a 10 minute performance at the Cheltenham Town Hall i(n early March) and benefit from  feedback from two music mentors who work in the music industry.

To secure your place visit www.mfy.org.uk and enter via the regional festival.  Entries usually open in September / October each year and fill up fast. 

You will need an adult (18 or over) to enter for you, and your group must have minimum of two members.  Solo Artists are encouraged to join forces with fellow young musicians to present a duo or larger band.  

Check out mfy.org.uk for updates. 

Steven Legge (Extended Learning & Provisions Manager for Gloucestershire Music) said:  "The rewards of participating in MFY are fantastic.  All those who perform in our regional festival are invited to attend the National Festival in Birmingham with performance opportunities for some groups at the Birmingham Town Hall, Music Conservatoire and the impressive Symphony Hall.  In the past, some of our groups and songwriters have also gone on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and the Brit School."  

For more information, please email steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk or give us a call on 01452 330300.

Open to bands (under the age of 21) based and / or educated in Gloucestershire. You can be part of a student or school led group. 


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