Music Mayhem for Our Big Gig event

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Brackley’s performing talent will be on show when they join thousands of musicians taking part in a national event capitalising on the Olympic legacy.

In 2008 the Bandstand Marathon featured 50 concerts providing a platform for amateur musicians in unusual places.

Last year it was the largest community event of the London 2012 Festival closing celebrations with more than 230 events across the UK involving over 9,000 amateur and voluntary musicians and attracted audiences of over 200,000 people.

Between Thursday, July 11, and Sunday, July 14, the event will be relaunched as Our Big Gig and one of the 330 free music events will take place at Southfields Primary School in Brackley on Saturday, July 13 .

Registration for the Brackley event entitled Music Mayhem starts at 9am.

Orchestra rehearsal starts at 9.30am followed by a drumming workshop at 10am.

Brackley resident Russell Bennett will talk about his life as a professional musician during a presentation at 10.45am, followed by an improvisation, choir and ukulele workshop at 11am.

The workshops and orchestras will then come together for a performance at midday.

The day has been organised by members of the Northants Music and Performing Arts Trust and the not-for-profit organisation Superact, with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The events are part of the government’s Olympic legacy commitment to reconnect communities and ensure the benefits of London 2012 continue.

Katherine Lane, delivery director for Superact said: “All of us here at Superact have been overwhelmed by the way communities up and down the country have united to host over 330 Our Big Gig events.

“From castles to libraries, barges to palaces, we have some amazing venues hosting a wonderfully diverse range of music.”

Communities minister Don Foster said: “This is going to be a fantastic long weekend of free music bringing people of all backgrounds and communities together and I encourage everyone to get involved. And why not invite your neighbours too while you’re at it.”

Further afield Festival Road CIC will host an afternoon showcasing a range of Brazilian/Maracatu music and activities and carnival street events in and around the Fringe Space above Pizza Hut in Milton Keynes’ Theatre District between 2pm and 6pm tomorrow, Saturday.

Arts Gateway Milton Keynes will also be hosting a series of singing workshops starting today, Friday, building up to a public performance for those taking part in a charity walk on the Saturday evening.

For more information or to search of other Our Big Gig events throughout the UK visit www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/ or telephone 01823 332412.