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Young carers in Gloucestershire receive musical opportunity of a lifetime

PUBLISHED: 17:25 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:25 12 February 2015

We Care, We Sing / Image credit: Lorelyn Medina [shutterstock]

We Care, We Sing / Image credit: Lorelyn Medina [shutterstock]

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Children in Gloucestershire who act as carers for their disabled or ill parents will receive the musical opportunity of a lifetime this February...

Gloucestershire Young Carers / Photo credit: Konstantin ChristianGloucestershire Young Carers / Photo credit: Konstantin Christian

Charity Gloucestershire Young Carers is teaming up with Bath Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music in Action education and outreach team to bring ‘We Care, We Sing’, an event offering five days of music workshops for 60 young carers in the county.

The children, whose lives are affected by being carers for their parents or siblings, will work with professional musicians, learning how to sing, play instruments and write their own songs.

These workshops will go out on a high as the children, some as young as eight, are to star in a concert with a 500 strong audience at Gloucester Cathedral.

Operations Manager for Gloucestershire Young Carers Ele Semadeni said: “It will be a fantastic opportunity for young carers across the county. Wherever possible, our charity encourages young carers to aspire to achieve in spite of their caring role and this will be an event that will clearly showcase such a project. The carers will write and perform their own songs on the night.

“We are very excited about the project especially as we will be in a position to offer the families of the young carers tickets to the performance to see the result of their children’s hard work.”

The concert, which will feature singer Craig Mather, is on Friday, February 20 at 7.30pm, with the workshops taking place in the days before, during half term.

Tickets are free for parents and family members of the children involved – please contact Gloucestershire Young Carers on 01452 733060 if your child is involved in the charity.

Regular tickets for the public cost between £10-12 and will be sold through the Gloucester Cathedral box office. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

All profits will go towards the Gloucestershire Young Carers charity.

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