Schools and performers are invited to take part in an exciting new music event being held for the first time at the Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival 2019.

Water City Music, Gloucestershire Academy of Music (GAM) and Marketing Gloucester are joining forces to bring a magical extra dimension to the waterfront extravaganza taking place between May 25th and 27th.

Visitor numbers to the historic Gloucester Docks reach 200,000 over the weekend attracting people from across the UK and the Water City Music programme will see children and other musical groups perform on three stages around the festival.

Led by Gloucestershire based artistic director Michael Bochmann, Water City Music stages musical events at striking water-based venues across the UK.   The annual flagship Tower of London Festival each June has, in recent years, involved more than 1,800 musicians and 60 schools performing for huge numbers of daily visitors and it is hoped that similar success can now be spread to the Gloucester event.

The Water City Music day will be held on Saturday May 25th with choirs put together from Gloucestershire schools to perform on one of the stages while smaller groups will have a chance to entertain visitors.  In the run up to the event, schools will receive expert guidance from Gloucester choral specialist Vicki Field.

A third stage will be used to showcase the Gloucestershire GAMELAN, an orchestra of Indonesian percussion instruments bringing the music of the rainforest right to the water’s edge in the city; with free workshops and performances.

County schools and performing groups are invited to join the event by enquiring directly with admin@wcm.org.uk or via Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

GAM’s Artistic Director, Glyn Oxley, said: “GAM is delighted to be part of this exciting project to bring Water City Music to the heart of Gloucester.

“This event will be a wonderful celebration of young people making music together and adding to the vibrancy of the Tall Ships Adventure Festival.”

All participants in the Water City Music festival will get free access to Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure event and free access for one accompanying adult.

Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester Jason Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome such a prestigious music festival to Gloucester and to be able to offer such a fantastic opportunity to so many schools and performers.

“It will add another dimension to what is already shaping up to be our biggest and best yet Gloucester Tall Ships event with so much to see and do for all the family.

The 2019 Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure event is the ultimate family weekend in Gloucestershire with something for everyone from history buffs to adrenalin junkies.

Why not catch a pirate show, step onboard an historic tall ship, listen to a sea shanty or two or simply sample great food and drink from one of the many stalls? For the more adventurous, you can try your hand at surfing on a wave machine, watch the amazing wakeboard competition display or even zipwire across Gloucester Docks.

Gloucester City Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Councillor Lise Noakes said: “Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the incredible talent of so many of our local young people and what a setting to be able to showcase that talent.

“The Water City Music day really does add something more to a great festival.  With other cultural activity also being planned and a bigger than ever festival, Gloucester Tall Ships 2019 is an event not to miss.”

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