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15th Musical Play in a Week at the NCEM

Final touches are being put to the 15th Musical Play in a Week, which is an annual highlight in the NCEM's calendar and will be performed to family and friends on Friday evening (14 August).

Twenty-four young people, between the ages of 10 and 15 years, have worked together in a creative environment all week, developing acting, music and stage management skills.

Hannah Moore, 15, who is a singer and trombonist, will take part for the last time, having been involved since she was 8 years old. Hannah said: "I have really enjoyed the experience and am sad this is my last play. I've made lots of friends and am still in touch with them. The musical play is a great way to spend a week of the summer holidays - you have to work very hard but it's very rewarding.

"Over the years I have learnt a lot about different types of classical music through the ages, my favourite play was 'The Quest' in 2008 which was the story of the Knights of the Round Table."

Supported by the Rotary Club of York Vikings, Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, this year's play The Sun King and the Busker, tells the story of how, from the day he danced for Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Lully has enjoyed unprecedented favour with the King. However the musician hides a secret that could threaten his position at court.  Can Lully keep his past hidden from his jealous rivals, and what if they intend to destroy more than his reputation?

This year's play has been written by Cathryn Dew, Education Consultant at the National Centre for Early Music and it is directed by Jenna Drury.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, said that the Musical Play in a Week continues to be an overwhelming success. "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 in a Week is also a great way for young people to make new friends!"

The 2016 Musical Play in a Week will take place from Monday 15 to Friday 19 August. Information will be available in the autumn at

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