WATCH: Talented young musicians perform virtual show

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Music | Published:

Talented young musicians have collaborated virtually to perform a concert together.

Musicians from Wolverhampton Music Service's Wind Orchestra performing virtually together

The youngsters, who are part of Wolverhampton Music Service's Wind Orchestra, remotely recorded and performed a rendition of Gustav Holst's Second Suite for Military Band in F Op.28 No.2.

It is part of a series of home concerts that have been taking place throughout lockdown and put together by pupils, teachers and alumni to broadcast on YouTube.

WMS - Youth Wind Orchestra [Gustav Holst: Second Suite for Military Band in F Op.28 No.2]

Before lockdown, thousands of young people attended the music school based in Graiseley each week.

There are a number of different styles taught, from Bhangra, to rock and classical.

The wind orchestra were due to perform abroad as part of a tour of Italy this summer, however this has had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Dedicated staff at the school have ensured the beat goes on for pupils despite the doors being temporarily closed.

The service has gone digital, creating more than 150 tutorials posted online on its YouTube channel catering for all instruments and levels.


Ciaran O’Donnell, who is the head of Wolverhampton Music Service, said: “Our staff miss their children and the schools they work with, and we are doing all we can to help them continue to learn at home.

“There are now almost 160 online tutorials which are tailored to students of all ages and are proving really popular, and through our new #WMSHomeconcerts programme we hope to involve as many of our musicians as we can.

“Naturally, we hope it won’t be too long before we can work more closely once again with all our wonderful pupils and schools but, in the meantime, we are pleased that we are able to continue to support them all from afar.”

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at


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