The concert on 1 November, at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, will be the culmination of a week-long residential workshop for young musicians from across the country, organised by CLIC Sargent.
As well as performances from the young people the concert will feature classical piano music performed by Cordelia Williams. She will be accompanied by the CLIC Sargent Orchestra, comprising students from the Royal College of Music and players from the Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra.
The residential workshop will be held at Grittleton House School, near Chippenham, and during the week the group of 16-24-year-olds, who have all been diagnosed and treated for cancer, will be mentored by a range of professional musicians, including Cordelia, to explore classical music and compose their own pieces for the concert.
The workshop and concert have been funded by the Classic FM Foundation, which chose to support CLIC Sargent in its Christmas Appeal last year. Classic FM’s Jane Jones, who presents the Full Works Concert every weekday evening on the station, is compering the concert.
Phil Day, Youth Music Co-ordinator at CLIC Sargent, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people to get some expert advice and guidance as well as the chance to perform alongside professional musicians.
“CLIC Sargent supports children and young people throughout their cancer journey and in addition to making music this week will provide a valuable opportunity to relax and make friends and share common experiences.”
Cordelia Williams, who has just launched her first album and is about to embark on an international tour, said: “I feel delighted and inspired to be involved with the workshop and concert and am really looking forward to working with everyone taking part.
“I’m always keen to attract new audiences to classical music and this concert will be a great way to hear different types of performances, as well as supporting CLIC Sargent, which is such a good cause.”
Classic FM’s Jane Jones said: “I was honoured to be asked to present this concert and am looking forward to hearing what the young people come up with during their week-long workshop.
“The Classic FM Foundation funds music education and therapy projects across the UK and the workshop is a great way to use music to help young people improve their skills and increase their confidence.”
The concert is on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Tickets are available in advance from www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk or by calling the Wiltshire Music Centre Box Office on 01225 860100. Tickets are £14 for adults, £5 for students and £1 for children accompanied by a full-paying adult.