Devon Jazz Youth Orchestra have been slected to play at a national festival

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 10 June 2010

A YOUTH Jazz Orchestra, which has delighted Exmouth audiences in the past, has been selected to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth.

A YOUTH Jazz Orchestra, which has delighted Exmouth audiences in the past, has been selected to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth.

The massive event, which is taking place in Birmingham over 6 days starting 7 July, is a showcase of the UK's most talented young musicians, celebrating every style of music from all corners of the country.

Devon's Youth Jazz Orchestra has the honour of playing at the festival's finale on Saturday, July 12.

The conductor Brian Moore said: "Knowing how tough the competition is, this is a real accolade.

"Our young musicians will have the chance to hear and play for some of the best youth bands in the country."

The sought-after invitation comes at the end of a busy year for the orchestra, whose recent commitments have included the Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Dartmouth Music Festival, Devon County Show, Exeter Festival, and a performance in Exmouth Manor Gardens.

Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, Cllr John Smith, said: "So many exciting opportunities for DYJO are a testament to the talent of Devon's young musicians and the dedication and commitment of all involved."

Ken Parr, Head of Devon Music Service, said: "I am delighted that DYJO have been selected to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth and I am certain that our young players will benefit greatly from taking part.

"I wish them every success."

The orchestra is run by Devon County Council's Music Service, alongside six other youth ensembles spanning a range of musical styles.

All seven groups will be recruiting for new members in September.

For more information, please see the website www.devon.gov.uk/musicservice or email devonmusicservice@devon.gov.uk.

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