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Thousands of kids taking part in Black Country music festival

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More than 2,000 children are taking part in a huge music event next week in Brierley Hill as part of Bring The Power, the youth engagement programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Resonance, the music university based on the Waterfront, will be hosting the Bring The Power Music Festival on July 15.

It will be run by Dudley Performing Arts (DPA), which is based there, and will have a number of different strands.

Four special schools will take part in an inclusive orchestra event on the morning, which will include sensory and participatory activities.

Ten rock bands from eight different secondary schools will take part in Rock The Castle, due to start around lunchtime. The bands will have access to a special rehearsal studio before heading over to bar Red By Night to perform in a live showcase during the afternoon.

Finally, Sing The Power will see around 2,000 children belt out four songs that have been sent to them in advance to learn, all with a positive message. A primary school choir with 200 children from seven different schools will sing at Resonance, with a further 12 schools joining in via live stream.

All of the events will be live streamed on DPA’s Youtube channel so schools, parents and families can watch as it happens.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

I think this event is a fantastic idea - music has a real power to unite communities and people.
It’s great to see many schools and children have signed up to take part in this.

Bring The Power is the youth engagement programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The programme creates pathways for children and young people to get closer to the Games and feel part of the festival of sport and culture.

It takes everyone to raise a child. Dudley Council is establishing the Child Friendly Dudley movement, an initiative that's bringing organisations and businesses together across the borough to improve the lives of children and young people. People can find out more at www.dudley.gov.uk/childfriendly

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