Three Calderdale groups are tuning up for national contest

Brass Band and Hymn Tune Competition, Brighouse Town centre'Pictured are the Elland Silver Youth Band
Brass Band and Hymn Tune Competition, Brighouse Town centre'Pictured are the Elland Silver Youth Band
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THREE Calderdale musical groups are preparing for one of the biggest weeks of their calender.

Elland Silver Youth Band, Holy Trinity Flute Ensemble, and eight-piece set-up Octave will all head to Birmingham for the National Festival of Music, the UK’s biggest celebration of youth music.

They will be joined by 342 other groups who will compete for the 41st National Festival.

A total of 12,000 musicians will perform, with 750 from West Yorkshire.

Lucy Robinson, 18, from eight-person group Octave, said the newly formed group was looking forward to the challenge.

She said: “We’ve only been together for about a year and we’re steadily getting better, but it’s all a bit scary.

“I’ve been to the National Festival before with other bands and it seemed to me they like the small, self-directed groups, so we’re hopeful of doing well.

“We’re a close group of friends who are leaving to go to university in September so we’d like to sign off with a good result.”

Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performances for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.

It works annually with 100,000 young people.

Since the festival series began, 2.4 million young people ranging from four to 21, have taken part.

Over the years, artists including Evelyn Glennie, Michael Collins, Jason Yarde, Thomas Adès, Matthew Barley and Nigel Kennedy have all performed.

The competition runs between July 4 and 9.

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