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Under Siege - Young musicians take castle by storm

Date: 14/07/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Some of Medway’s talented young musicians will perform at a free concert at Rochester Castle Gardens on Sunday 20th July. The event will take place after the Castle Concerts this summer, which means that for the first time in the event’s history, young people aged between 11 and 18 will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Status Quo, Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Soul Party and the Castle Proms. All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew. The concert is being organised by Medway Council, and inspiration for the event has come from council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers. Cllr Chambers said: “It will be great to see the young musicians take over the castle gardens for the afternoon - the event will be a marvelous celebration of all the young talent Medway is home to. This extension to the Castle Concerts season is fantastic news and is further evidence of the council’s commitment to developing Medway’s cultural calendar. Young people are at the heart of this and I thoroughly look forward to the performances.” Local music organisation Training Them Live has signed up the performers who will take part. The full line-up has now been announced. It includes bands from St Margaret’s Junior School in Rainham, Mid-Kent College, Rainham Mark Grammar School, Walderslade Girls’ School, Rochester Girls’ Grammar School, Greenacre School in Walderlsade, The Hundred of Hoo School, St John Fisher School in Chatham, Chatham Grammar School for Boys and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School in Rochester. One of the bands from the Training Them Live project is The Fatal Fools, comprising Adam, Olli, Pete and Sean from Greenacre School. Olli said: “We are really excited to be playing at Rochester Castle Gardens. This is our biggest venue yet and a brilliant opportunity for us. We met at Training Them Live’s Rock School in 2006 and have been together ever since. It feels like it’s all been building towards this massive gig.” Dan Wise, Musical Director from Training Them Live, said: “Training Them Live have had great fun visiting lots of schools, community groups and bands to see the best musical talent in Medway. We are very grateful that Cllr Chambers has given a serious venue and outlet for the creativity that the young people in Medway have. This is set to be an amazing event, outstripping any of its’ kind. If you go to one gig this year, make this the one.” Under Siege – young musicians take castle by storm – runs from 12.30 to 3pm on Sunday 20th July Visit www.medway.gov.uk/undersiege for more information ENDS For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk