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Young Musician Gala Concert 2016

This  year’s event is rapidly approaching  and is on Sunday  April 24th  and once  again is at the Robert Ludlam Theatre Derby  commencing at 19.00 :

Tickets are now on sale , however due to the expansion of the District and limited capacity of the theatre  it’s no longer practical to distribute to clubs on ‘sale or return. For the first time they’re being sold to order  on a ‘first come first served’ basis ,so to buy for your club, please contact John Hall ( Amber Valley) preferably by email at  or by phone on 01773 540001

Performer Nominations : As the date rapidly approaches we need your nominations as  quickly as possible  which need to be on the  nomination form you can find  together with any other information you may need  on the website at   YOUNG MUSICIAN NOMINATION FORM . If  though your club is still in the process  of selection it will  help in planning if you could advise Terry  Clay (Melbourne)  accordingly that a nomination  is  pending . Contact him at  or on 01509 672057

Stop Press! Performing on the evening as a guest  will be Benammi Swift who enthralled  last year’s audience with his stunning versatility  on the  melodeon . This year’s performance  comes just 4 days before Benammi  appears at the annual BBC Folk Awards  held at the Royal  Albert  Hall  on Wed April 27th . Benammi has been nominated as a finalist in the category ‘BBC Radio Young Folk Award’ .Broadcast live on the night  on both BBC iPlayer and Red Button  plus on Radio 2 , Benammi will perform live during the interval with the other three nominees in his category and we  wish him all the luck that his talent deserves

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Reminder – Young Musician Gala Concert




A reminder that this year event which will be the 20th anniversary concert and a ‘landmark occasion’ has been brought forward in response to requests to avoid exam timetables and takes place on SUNDAY MARCH 22ND and at the date of this posting ( 12 /02) that’s barely 6 weeks away ! Its again at the Robert Ludlam Theatre Derby at 19.00


Sent previously to club secretaries/Youth Services co-ordinators last November but can be accessed and downloaded via this site


This is an urgent reminder to all clubs intending to nominate performers that they need to do so as soon as possible and if possible no later than February 28th ! It being the 20th and landmark anniversary for the event its hoped that as many clubs as possible try to and identify and submit their young nominee’s application to perform.


NOT to myself but directly to my fellow organizer TERRY CLAY (Melbourne) on 01509 672057 / 07789 812969 email :


Though usually well supported, getting ‘bums on seats’ is not the easiest task so once again club secretaries will soon be mailed a supply of tickets on ‘ sale or return’ . Still unable to find any better means of ensuring a good audience it’s accepted they’re mailed out ‘unsolicited’ however they aren’t ‘ours’ but are issued by the theatre and therefore ‘hold a ‘face value’ so to any club unable to sell their allocation , WE REALLY DO NEED THEM BACK ! NO LATER THAN SATURDAY MARCH 14TH Please try and sell yours if you can and even if you may not have a participant ,try and support the evening – It’s always a highly enjoyable evening with wonderfully talented young performers

Any enquires between Feb 23rd – March 4th to Terry Clay and not myself (away on holiday)

John Hall – Youth Services Team (Amber Valley)

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Young Musician Gala Concert 2015

SUNDAY MARCH 22ND 2015 @ 19.00


Hello all ! ……. after some delay and uncertainty I’m pleased to be able to announce the date of and venue for what will be our 20TH SUCCESSIVE D-1220 YOUNG MUSICIAN GALA CONCERT .

After much consideration and heeding comments made to us in recent years as to the date being too soon at the start of the summer term &/or close to important examinations , we have brought the event forward to SUNDAY MARCH 22ND which is towards the end of the spring term but before Easter and hopefully any holiday arrangements.

Depite it being over 9 months since the fire, no decision has been made yet by Derby City Council as to the future or otherwise of our long established venue, the Assembly Rooms so we’ve been faced with a decision as to where the 2015 event should be held , however due to it’s ‘professional theatre’ format and facilities, the co-operation of it’s technical team and not least ease of access & parking we’ve had no hesitation in returning to where we were obliged to move following the fire , namely the ROBERT LUDLAM THEATRE

Nomination Forms are available via the dedicated Young Musician Gala Concert page of this site.

Please note however that if you have a potential performer, when you’re ready to send the form back please make sure , you ( i.e the Rotary club)) completes it and submits it District and not the school (etc)

Should anyone be unfamiliar or need any guidance as to the criteria for identifying performers then as long as the person concerned has enthusiasm and ambition in their music, plus the ability and confidence to perform in public , how far they have advanced is not critical . Each year we’ve always tried to balance the programme aiming at a ‘showcase’ to include young learners from year 7 upwards (or even younger from primary education) through to year 11’s whose level of attainment is already setting them on the path to a musical career . Anyone who may be in any doubt as to someone they may have in mind , then please get in touch and have a chat with either of us.

We look forward to getting nominations back from as many of you as possible

Kind regards

District organisers: John Hall (Amber Valley ) and Terry Clay (Melbourne)

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District Young Musician Gala Concert 2014

Nomination Forms are now out and available to clubs wishing to nominate performers for this year’s Gala Concert to be held once again at the Assembly Rooms Derby on Sunday May 11th @ 19.00
To be assured once again of a ‘bumper crop’ of entries, all clubs especially those who’ve not previously participated are urged to contact their schools and music tutors to identify nominations. Closing date is April 6th 2014. To learn more about the event, and download your nomination form and participate, follow the link below.

District Young Musician Gala Concert 2014


Report from District Young Musician Gala Concert 2013

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