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Under Siege - video footage available

Date: 23/07/2008           Category: Events

The newest addition to the Rochester Castle Concerts' calendar came, played and conquered, in the form of Medway’s home-grown talent at the Under Siege show on Sunday afternoon. A 2,000-strong audience supported young musicians as they took the castle gardens by storm in a free show packed with local talent aged between 11 and 18-years-old. The acts ranged from solo musicians to fully-fledged bands who performed on the same stage as the professional musicians with the support of a professional crew. Local music organisation Training Them Live signed up the performers who took part. Musical Director Dan Wise was not the only one hoping that this will become an annual celebration of Medway’s young musicians. The youngest audience of the week also joined Medway Council’s Events Manager and compere Carl Majidtey in thanking Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers for the idea of adding Under Siege to the concerts’ calendar. Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers said: “I wanted to use the Castle Concerts stage for the benefit of the undoubted local musical talent we have got here in Medway. We decided to use the opportunity to give our young people the chance to perform on a real live, professional stage, in front of a large audience. “This is a chance for us all here in Medway to recognise the talent we have, which often goes unsung, and the opportunity to give it the widest possible promotion to the community at large. “If the concert is a success this year then I want it to become an annual event as part of the Castle Concerts series.” ENDS Editors - a short video clip of the concert is now available. If you would like a copy please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk, stating format required.