Young musicians were praised for their achievements as Wolverhampton Music Service held its annual presentation evening last night (Wednesday 24 September, 2014).

The event at St John's Church in the Square was attended by hundreds of young people and their proud parents and teachers and celebrated individual successes in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint presented certificates for musical grade exams to students while members of the Music Service's bands and orchestras also collected a number of Outstanding Progress awards.

Members of the Wolverhampton Music Service's youth wind orchestra, as well as soloists, presented a number of musical interludes for the audience which included the Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton, Councillor Mike Heap and Frances Heap.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This is a prestigious annual event which involves many of our pupils, from beginners to those who have reached the highest standard of musical performance.

"Music is an important part of a young person's education - it is widely recognised that learning a musical instrument enhances a child's learning potential and therefore their school grades, and can also improve individuals' language skills.

"The presentation evening is a fantastic way to recognise their efforts, celebrate the successes of the Music Service and the young people of Wolverhampton and to share their achievements with families and teaching staff."

Around 500 young people - playing in 16 different bands and orchestras - rehearse with Wolverhampton Music Service every week, including members of a new classical guitar group which launched this term.

  • released: Thursday 25 September, 2014