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200 music students celebrate Cavern Club's 55th anniversary

by Katie Hickox, Beatles News Liverpool Correspondant

Liverpool's world famous Cavern Club was packed with hundreds of young students and their parents who traveled over 3 hours from Solihull, the heart of England, and is located in the West Midlands, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform onstage for the Cavern's 55th anniversary on Monday. Some of the highlights were the SMC Ukulele Orchestra in which over 30 students played, starting with a Beatles favorite, George Harrison's Something.

The music kicked off mid-day with performances from different schools in Solihull, followed in the evening by bands, ensembles, orchestras of students who participate in the Saturday Solihull Music Services program under the direction of Richard Jones, the Director of Solihull Music Services. Other highlights were the powerful sounds of the SMC Jazz Band and then followed by the SMC Soul Band which closed the concert.

It was so amazing to see such young students, some as young as 11 or 12, perform live with all the lights and fantastic amplifiers and speakers at the Cavern Club. A wide range of music was performed, including Beatles songs, to new music from new bands and also a few bands even wrote their own songs.

According to Terry Clarke, Arts Director of Langley School, "If you give children a chance to play the most famous venue in the world they believe that anything is possible and hopefully they will carry that forward into all that they do. Young musicians play gigs in lots of different venues in Solihull and the Midlands through the year. My two sons played the Cavern last night, both for the third time, so I'm as proud as can be."

Cavern Club co-owner Dave Jones added, "We have an ongoing relationship with Solihull Music Services after they started bringing pupils to visit us almost four years ago. We were extremely impressed with the musical ability we saw and since then we have honored our commitment to fostering new music talent by inviting them back for our 55th anniversary. The Cavern Club isn't just about Liverpool's great music legacy but about the music of today and the musicians of the future."

Solihull Music Services works in partnership with young students and schools to provide equipment and performance opportunities for students who otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to participate. Students attend a special music program on Saturday mornings at the Saturday Music Centre run by Solihull Music Services. For more information on Solihull Music Services, go to www.solihull.gov.uk/musicservice/.

Published January 18, 2012

This article is Copyright © 2012, Katie Hickox, and may not be reproduced on other web sites or in print, in whole or in part, without expressed permission

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