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HPH sponsors the newly renamed West of England Youth Orchestra

Young musicians from what was formally known as the Wiltshire & Swindon Youth Orchestra have chosen a brand new name for the ensemble.

West of England Youth Orchestra was selected by the young people at their recent course at Wiltshire Music Centre, because the top-quality youth ensemble now welcomes young musicians from outside of the county; from Bath and beyond.

The Orchestra, which provides tuition and performance opportunities with professional artists for young people playing at grade 7 and above standard, was in need of a new name after Wiltshire Music Centre extended the enrolment opportunity.

James Slater, Wiltshire Music Centre’s Artistic Director said ‘We’re delighted that the young musicians have been involved in naming their Orchestra and have played a part in its future. There are not many youth orchestras playing at this standard in the country, so it’s important that young people can join from further afield. The Orchestra performed two sold out concerts at the Centre last month, so now everyone is just looking forward to the next course!’

Wiltshire Music Centre took over responsibility for running the Orchestra, and the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra in September 2015, with support from Principal Sponsor HPH Ltd, Wiltshire Music Connect supported by Arts Council England, Swindon Music Hub, Bath & North East Somerset Music Service, and donations by a number of individuals and organisations. In addition to an existing transport scheme for young players living far away, a new bursary scheme has also been introduced to assist with fees.

Managing Director of HPH Ltd, Lindsay Holdoway said, “We are delighted to support the development of the Orchestra, and the new name reflects the aspirations and the ambitions of everyone involved. As a company we are very pleased to be able to support such a fantastic project and to help with the encouragement and promotion of young musicians across the region.”

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