Leics Make Music is a youth music festival, by young people, for young people celebrating music-making in Leicester and Leicestershire.
In the absence of all the usual end of term and end of school year concerts and performances we wanted to celebrate all the fantastic music-making that has been going on in the county and city and give young people a stage to perform on. Public concerts may not currently be possible, but it is still possible for young people to perform!
Curated and presented by the Leicester-Shire Music Service Youth Ambassadors, Leics Make Music has thrown open the doors to young people in this region.
Over the course of the afternoon and early evening over 400 young people from Leicester and Leicestershire will take part in a wide variety of performances. There are five stages at the festival:
Leics Introduce is our stage for young soloists, bands, singer-songwriters with entries from a wide variety of young people.
Leics Perform Together will see the first performances by the Leicester-Shire Music Service ensembles, which have been rehearsing and recording online during lockdown.
Leics Get Involved is a chance for everyone to find out what learning a musical instrument involves and to demonstrate some of the musical instruments you can learn with the music service.
Leics Be Inspired will feature three professional musical acts to inspire young musicians and a chance for everyone to enjoy some bespoke performances. Our artists are Jon1st, world-class champion DJ who grew up in Leicester, King Brass, a 7-piece New Orleans style jazz band and Seth Bye, a violinist, producer and composer who performs in a variety of styles from folk to Billie Eilish.
Leics Celebrate! Features schools from across the city and county who have recorded musical activities this academic year and during lockdown.
Other highlights include the premiere of the Milion Dreams Project, a virtual choir project launched by Mark De Lisser during lockdown and the Soundtrack to Leicestershire, a composition competition in partnership with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
The online festival will take place on Tuesday 14th July at 3pm on this YouTube channel.