Youth and Music

 Youth and Music .

Wellingborough Rotary Club has long been involved in the personal development of young people in and around Wellingborough. The club has supported and encouraged schools and individuals to participate in activities that have, in many cases, lead to positive benefits throughout life.

Our Youth team has organised numerous activities, including writing skills, debating and public speaking, cooking and catering, anti-bullying and conflict resolution programmes.

We have also held annual musical events for well over 25 years. The two main annual musical events are The Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival in March and The Wellingborough Rotary Seasonal Concerts in November.

There have also been other recitals and Charity Christmas Concerts.

The Music Festival takes place over a full week and involves all sorts of musical performances by soloists, duets, ensembles and groups in the

6 to 18 age range. Professional adjudicators give helpful tips and advice to the musicians, both instrumentalists and vocalists. All the participants are given written adjudications and certificates, with the best soloists competing for the titles of Young Vocalist and Young Instrumentalist of the year. The festival is concluded with a celebration concert at Castle Theatre. The strength of the music services in Northamptonshire (NMPAT) is such that many of our leading soloists have gone on to specialist music colleges and professional careers. One of our instrumental winners reached the very final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2018. Our aims are to encourage musicianship in young people and to give them an opportunity to perform in public in a nurturing environment.

The Seasonal Concerts are all about singing in primary schools. Most of those schools in and around Wellingborough have taken part in these joyful concerts over the years (22 schools in 2018). The concerts are held over several evenings with a different set of schools each evening, and there have regularly been about 1000 children taking part. The children love performing at Castle Theatre and there are regularly full audiences of family, friends and others to hear the performances. It is a great way to encourage singing in schools, to give fun and confidence to the children and to get in the mood for the forthcoming Seasonal festivities! Join us in the audience if you can.