Some of the county’s most talented young artists will finally come together this weekend as the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust hosts its summer music festival.
Groups will be able to rehearse and perform together for the first time in 16 months at the end of the most difficult of academic years.
The festival kicks off today (July 1) and continues through Sunday (July 4) with invitations for friends, families and supporters to the Derngate Theater in Northampton to once again celebrate young musicians making music in direct.
This has not happened for the Trust since before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Northamptonshire in March 2020.
A Trust spokesperson said: “It will be like no other concert that NMPAT has hosted before!
“Each county band will rehearse before recording their performance with a live audience of friends and family.
“For some, this is the first and only time that the students have come together as a group!
Recent relaxations in government guidelines on Covid mean groups can now meet face to face while remaining socially at a distance.
The Derngate Auditorium, used in an entirely flat format, offers a vast space in which full orchestras, choirs, wind bands, brass and jazz, guitar ensembles and more can rehearse and perform together.
A limited number of tickets available for each of the 20 group events spread over the three days can be booked through the Royal and Derngate Theaters website – but are free thanks to funding from the government’s Cultural Revival Fund. .