HUNDREDS of talented youngsters filled Huddersfield Town Hall with sound in the first of two concerts by Kirklees Music School (KMS).
Students who have been learning with the school’s centres in Shelley, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Colne Valley performed last night.
Others from Huddersfield, Holme Valley and Batley will take to the stage tomorrow night.
KMS principal Thom Meredith said: “Every child’s music matters to us and we are delighted that we are reaching well over 8,000 children this year with a variety of small group and large group instrumental and vocal tuition – more than ever before.
“Our staff work extremely hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for our young people and we see a bright, musical future ahead of Kirklees if this trend continues.
“These showcase concerts are a superb opportunity for young musicians of all ages to demonstrate what they can do and why music is such an important art form for us to provide.”
Last night’s concert programme included performances by a wind band of about 150 youngsters. A group of about 60 musicians then took part in a junior strings performance.
Senior bands from Dewsbury Music Centre and Colne Valley Music Centre, Colne Valley Music Centre’s big band, a group of flute players, another of guitar players and a set of strings players were all part of the programme.
African dancers and Shelley Music Centre’s big band were also on show.
On Thursday, there will be performances from a massed intermediate and senior wind band, massed junior and senior guitars, Kirklees and Batley Music Centre Choir, a soul band, a senior percussion ensemble, junior strings.
Kirklees Music School provides teaching in the vast majority of schools in Kirklees.
As well as traditional instruments, the school now offers teaching in a number of alternative instruments including Dohl drums used in Indian music and Japanese Taiko drums.
The 70 staff have adopted the Government’s Wider Opportunities programmes, to give whole classes of primary school children the chance to learn how to play a musical instrument with their class teacher in school.
The school wants every school with Year 4 children to have access to the scheme by 2011.
Mr Meredith added: “We are very grateful to all the schools, parents and carers in Kirklees who continue to support the work we do.
“Music plays an important role in every culture in the world and part of our vision in Kirklees is to engender a cultural understanding which will help all young people to grow up appreciating and celebrating the diverse world in which we all live.”