Members of three of the Senior Bands from the local Telford School, Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, are busy putting the final touches to their forthcoming performances at the National Festival of Music for Youth next week which will be held at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The Festival starts next Monday 10th July and continues for the full week at what has become the largest music festival in the world according to the national Music for Youth Charity. The three bands from the Telford School are the Senior Brass Band who will perform on Thursday and the Jazz Band and Showband who will play on the Friday. This visit will represent the ninth consecutive year that the school has been represented at this Festival – which has seen a number of successive awards been achieved by the school over this time. For one week every summer, up to 300 groups selected from the Regional Festival Series gather at Britain's premier concert venues for six glorious days of music making. The National Festival of Music for Youth is the biggest event of its kind in the world with up to 10,000 young musicians performing over 800 different works before large and appreciative audiences. Following on from this week 30 groups are then invited to perform at the world famous Royal Albert Hall, London in November, at the Annual Schools Prom Concert at which the school has also been invited to grace this particular stage on a number of occasions in the past. Simon Platford, the school’s Director of Performing Arts praised the hard work during rehearsals that all three bands had undertaken in the build up to this Festival. He also stated that this particular Festival every year represented an occasion where the school said goodbye to a number of Band members and that this year was no exception. I wish to thank in particular Mel Baker, Oliver DeVine, Liam Gillespie, Jack Marley-Payne, Alex Plim, James Roberts and Tracy Whysall, who have put in long and dedicated service to the various bands of the school over many years and have enjoyed continued success and I wish them every good wish for the future.