Today Labour led Leeds City Council opened day one of the Leeds Schools Music Festival- a 3 day music event for primary aged pupils which aims to build on the legacy of the Tour De France Grand Depart.

The festival runs until Wednesday 17th June and it is expected that 1500 primary pupils from across the city will take part.

There are 3 main events:

Monday: The Big Play Leeds – a morning workshop for pupils who have been working in groups to learn to play instruments including trumpets, violins, Bamboo Tamboo, drums, recorders and ukuleles all together.

Tuesday: The Big Sing Leeds at 1pm. 900 primary pupils will come together to sing works related to the BBC 10 pieces (an initiative to encourage children to be creative with classical music) as well as a special work from local composer Alan Simons commissioned by Leeds City Council’s children’s services called “Thumbs Up” to celebrate Leeds being a child friendly city.

Wednesday 17 June: Festival Finale Concert, tickets £7.00, available on the door

The performers are: the LSMA festival choir, the LSMA wind band and the LSMA string Orchestra – conducted and led by members of the Artforms team.

The concert will open with the Child Friendly City piece – “Thumbs Up” by Alan Simmons and then the groups will play music related to the BBC 10 pieces.

Labour Councillor, Lucinda Yeadon – Deputy leader and Executive Member for children and families. “Music is a wonderful way of bringing people together and raising pupils’ self-belief and self-confidence. These concerts will be a fantastic demonstration of the talent we have here in Leeds and have been created through a lot of hard work and dedication from the LSMA, Artforms and all of the schools and pupils involved.”

Adel and Wharfedale Labour Party would like to wish all performers good luck and would encourage people to get down and support our local young people.

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