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Musical Play in a Week at the NCEM this Summer

If you enjoy acting, making music and listening to thrilling stories from the past, join us for a week of fun and creativity in the NCEM's Musical Play in a Week, which runs from Monday 11 to Friday 15 August 2014.

This year's play is called The Secret Orchestra and explores the story of the young composer, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and his employer, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia.  

Frederick lives for music and invites Emanuel to join his orchestra, but there is a problem: his tyrannical father, the King, has forbidden his son to make or listen to music. Frederick and his musicians defy his father's orders and perform in secret. Can Frederick's household be trusted to keep quiet? What will happen to young Emanuel if the musicians are discovered?

The Musical Play in a Week, written by Cathryn Dew, Education Consultant at the National Centre for Early Music and directed by Paul Birch, is suitable for 10 - 15 year olds. No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm and commitment. 

The sessions take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 10.00am - 4.00pm, culminating in a performance for friends and family on  Friday 15 August at 7.00pm. The cost for the week is £100 per person plus there are a limited number of half-price bursary places available for young people from low income families, supported by The Rotary Club of York Vikings. 

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, said that the Musical Play in a Week was a highlight of the NCEM's calendar. "We started this summer activity in 2001 and it is now well established in our programme. The young people who take part have an amazing time. They learn so much from our professional team and have great fun working towards a performance and making new friends.

More information about this year's Musical Play in a week and downloadable application forms are available on the website at Alternatively ring 01904 632220.
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