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Dudley Performing Arts co-ordinate a series of events each year for children and young people.

Date Event Groups
12 November, 10am Remembrance Service, Mary Stevens Park Youth Wind Band
20 November, 5pm Children's Open Mic, Resonance DPA Students
4 December, 7pm Concert at Stourbridge Town Hall UpBeat Wind, All Keyboard Groups, Concert Wind
5 December 7pm Concert at Stourbridge Town Hall All Guitar Groups, Pulse
6 December, 7pm Concert at Stourbridge Town Hall UpBeat Strings, Concert Strings, Stage Struck
19 December, 7pm Special Schools Christmas Concert School Choirs and Performance Groups
21 December, 7pm The Mayor's Christmas Concert at Dudley Town Hall Youth Strings and Wind, Massed Choirs, Nativity
22 December, 11am Carols From Resonance (Live Stream) Join us in your schools, homes and offices and sing along with DPA
9 February, 2pm Harmony Live Stream Live stream celebrating Children's mental Health Week
10 March, from 11.30am Dudley @ Symphony Hall All DPA groups, school choirs, bands, special orchestra
7 July, from 11am Concert in the Park, Mary Steven's Park Stourbridge All DPA Groups
9 July Special School day at Resonance Students from Special Schools
12 July Project Day Various activities for Schools

We have included some frequently asked questions below and if you are taking part in an event that has different procedures (e.g. an event in a park) we will communicate the changes by email.

Arriving and departing

Unless advised otherwise, performers and audience should arrive together at the main venue entrance. Our staff, along with volunteers from the Friends of Dudley Performing Arts will take students to get ready to play. Parents can go to their seats or use any catering that is available.

Events often have a large number of students taking part - at the end of each concert we will announce details of how students are to be collected.

If you need to collect a student but are not able to come to the concert, simply come into the main venue entrance at the finish time and we will tell you where to collect your child.

What to wear

Our standard dress code for students is smart black and white or all black.

Sometimes we have a more relaxed dress code (e.g. for outdoor concerts) and there may be occasions when we specifically ask groups to dress in a particular theme.

Group leaders will contact parents if students are asked to wear anything other than the standard dress code.

How we look after your children during events

Students are supervised by either Dudley Performing Arts staff or members of The Friends of Dudley Performing Arts. This includes when they are waiting to perform, when on stage and before students are released at the end. All staff/volunteers are subjected to DBS checking and are trained event chaperones.

When enrolling into performance groups you are asked for any medical information that we should be aware of. This can be updated by contacting our offices if needed.

If we need to evacuate the building during an event students must remain in our supervision.

We are not responsible for students until they are directly in our care. We are not responsible for students waiting to come into the venue, in car parks or at any stage of the journey to a venue. Likewise, we cannot take responsibly for students arriving early.

What should students bring to events?

Just bring your instrument you are playing and any music you have been given specifically for the concert. Back stage areas are notoriously crowded and less is always better.

While we will monitor student behaviour closely, we cannot take responsibility for any losses/damage to personal items during an event.