25 Feb 2016

Music groups invited to take part in Play Far Away Day

Play flute on Flamborough Head or a guitar solo in Grassington, record a recital in Reeth or sing in Swaledale….

North Yorkshire’s music groups are invited to take part in a new campaign Play Far Away Day which will see remote spots in North Yorkshire, from prehistoric rocks to heather moorland and rugged beaches, playing host to live music performances on Saturday 18 June 2016.

Organised by youth music development charity, NYMAZ, the aim of the day is to demonstrate that everyone should have access to music, no matter how rural their location, whilst also fundraising for youth music projects across the county.

Heidi Johnson, director, NYMAZ explains: “ We are planning a really exciting day which showcases the dramatic landscapes of North Yorkshire, alongside the many talents of our residents! We’re looking forward to working with school ensembles, young people’s music groups, adult choirs, professional musicians and everything in-between.

As part of Play Far Away Day, groups and individuals can choose whether to perform one piece of music, which they share via photo or video online, right through to playing a mini-concert for an audience. We hope to generate lots of support for their efforts and to fundraise for local children and young people’s music activities. We will be creating fundraising packs to help participants get the word out there. And everyone can follow our adventures on Twitter via #playfarawayday.”

Play Far Away Day is part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, which runs from 16 June to 3 July, and will reflect the artistic excellence and diversity of Yorkshire and create opportunities for people to participate in the arts.

Groups interested in finding out more about the day are asked to contact NYMAZ for further details.

01904 543382


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