Sutton Music Service is looking forward to a busy week of concerts and events at St Andrew’s Church, Cheam from Monday 19 to Friday 23 March. Over 400 young musicians and singers will perform as part of Sutton’s bands, orchestras and choirs over five evenings of fantastic music, presented in association with Sutton Youth Music Supporters’ Association (SYMSA). Lewis Gibbs, Head of Sutton Music Service, commented “These occasions are always great opportunities for parents, to hear their son or daughter perform, and to see the progression that is possible across the different ensembles that we offer. Sutton has so many talented young musicians and singers and we want to share these performances with the wider community – please do come along and show your support”.

Sutton Music Service’s spring concerts kick off on Monday 19 March with performances by Young Musicians String Group, Young Musicians Training Orchestra, Young Musicians Orchestra and the recently formed Sutton Youth Choir. One of the highlights of the week will be a visit from the world-famous Band of the Grenadier Guards on Tuesday 20 March – after presenting a special concert in the afternoon for children from local primary, secondary and special schools, they will perform alongside Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra from 7.30pm. Admission is free for this concert with a collection in aid of the Mayor of Sutton’s charities, Sutton Carer’s Centre and Sutton Women’s Centre.

On Wednesday 21 March, young musicians and singers from Sutton and Merton will perform alongside the brilliant Stringfever and professional singers James Junior and Emily Holligan in the culmination of the London Music Fund-supported ‘KISS’ project, named after the mantra of Motown music ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’. The concert will feature a combined jazz orchestra, string section and choir made up of members of Sutton Music Service and Merton Music Foundation ensembles performing classic Motown tracks by Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five and Martha and the Vandelhas, amongst others. A separate strand to this project has engaged children from Green Wrythe Primary School, Tweeddale Primary School and two Merton primary schools in song-writing and dance workshops with leading practitioners.

Sutton Young Singers, Sutton Youth Training Band and Sutton Youth Symphonic Band will perform on Thursday 22 MarchSutton Youth Symphony Orchestra bring the week to a close onFriday 23 March performing works by Verdi and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as accompanying the finalists of Sutton Music Service’s Young Musician of the Year competition – Tom Thornton (trumpet), Sophie Simpson (flute) and Sonie Bae (violin).

Tickets for all events can be booked through Sutton Music Service’s Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sutton-music-service-amp-symsa-11839359420

As lead partner in the Sutton Music Hub, Sutton Music Service is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Department for Education. Sutton Music Service is part of Cognus Limited, a private company jointly owned by the London Borough of Sutton and local schools.