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Musical Play in a Week 2014

Photocall: Friday 15 August 1.30pm. Final touches to this year's summer school performance and a visit from Peter Acaster president of the York Vikings Rotary Club who will be presenting a cheque to support this initiative.

Thirty young people between the ages of 10 and 15 years, will be putting the finishing touches to the performance they have worked on this week as part of the annual Musical Play in a Week to share with friends and family on Friday evening (15 August).

Supported this year by the York Vikings Rotary Club and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, the 2014 play The Secret Orchestra, 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 play has been written by Cathryn Dew, Education Consultant at the National Centre for Early Music and directed by Paul Birch.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, said that the Musical Play in a Week continued to be an overwhelming success. "This is its 14th year and it's a pleasure to get to know so many lovely and enthusiastic young people and to watch what is it possible for them to achieve in a week and celebrate their success with the final performance. The Musical Play is also a great way for young people to make new friends!

"It's also delightful to see the Musical Play sell out every year and advise young people who are interested to book quickly for 2015!"

The 2015 Musical Play will take place from Monday 10th to Friday 14th August. Information will be available in the autumn at


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