Windsor Festival to focus on youth and community in Spring line-up

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Windsor, 16 February 2016

This Spring, Windsor Festival will once again be hosting its biennial Spring Festival, designed to involve and engage the local community. The highly respected arts festival will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle, and takes place from 12th – 20th March 2016. Giving hundreds of local performers a platform in which to showcase their talents, Windsor Festival is delighted to be engaging with over 50 organisation’s in its Spring Festival, which is bold, ambitious and different.

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Highlights of the programme include:

Community Stage. Held in Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, Windsor Festival has developed a comprehensive Community Performance Programme that involves outreach to all communities of young people particularly in the boroughs of Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest. The Community Stage will be running on Saturday and Sunday 12th – 13th March and 19th – 20th March; and gives young people the opportunity to develop programmes, produce performances, exhibitions and be culturally inventive.

 

Faure Requiem. Taplow Youth Choir have enjoyed a long association with Windsor Festival and it gives us great pleasure to welcome them once more for this combined choirs concert on Saturday, 12th March, in St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. Sharing the stage will be The Schola Cantorum of The Oratory School, Woodcote, the only all-boys independent Catholic school in the UK which has always boasted a rich tradition of choral singing, and the choir of Tiffin Girls’ School, a state girls’ grammar school in Kingston, Surrey which streams for music and places a particular emphasis on singing.

 

Final of Berkshire Young Wind and Brass Player of the Year. Following the success of Windsor Festival’s Young String Player of the Year 2015 competition, Windsor Festival is thrilled to be inaugurating the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year in collaboration with Berkshire Maestros which will be open this year to Wind and Brass players. Although preliminary rounds are being held throughout Berkshire in the preceding months, you have an opportunity to join us for the final round of the competition at the Guildhall on Sunday 13th March: an unmissable chance to see the finest of Berkshire’s under-18-year-old talent perform in front of an acclaimed professional jury – it promises to be an exemplary array of musical prowess.

 

Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director says, “Windsor Festival aims to be a catalyst in developing the appreciation of cultural creativity, enabling hundreds of talented young people to join in and perform. Our hope is that the Festival provides them with a focus and gives interaction with different areas of society and experiences to aid their development and furnish them with skills to succeed in whichever area they chose a career path in. We hope you enjoy our programme this year.”

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