01/05/12......Local youth to shine at Music in the Park -
AS well as all the better-known musicians who will be performing at this year's Thame Music In The Park, the organisers are particularly delighted that so many of the young performers are drawn from the local area.
Michele Pethers of Crash Records, who was been coordinating the musical programme, commented: ďYes, we have established bands who have played Glastonbury, but weíre also committed to giving local performers a great platform to showcase their talent, on a brilliant stage, and to a large audience.Ē
The line-up includes young local pop punk band the Drakes, who write and perform all their own material; Empire, a teenage band from Lord Williamsís School and winners of Thameís Got Talent; Thame band Hellís Gazelles, performing with the raw power of AC/DC meets Black Sabbath; 14-year-old Sam Hunn, a singer/songwriter and Lewis Branch, another winner of Thameís got Talent, who wowed the beer tent last year.
Sam Hoare, 17-year-old singer songwriter, will be performing a set entirely of her own songs, as will Abbie Broom and Tori.
Then of course there's Little Billís Big Band, made up of 13 students from Lord Williamsís School between the ages of 14 - 17, playing Congas, drumkit, sax, flute, keyboards and vocals, performing a set of Blues Brothersí classics along with recent chart hits.
If music isnít your thing, you can still express your creativity through the festivalís photography competition: 'Park Life'. Simply take some photos at Music in the Park and enter your best ones into the competition. Official festival photographer, Rob Wheal, will judge the competition and the winner will receive a pair of tickets to next yearís event. A selection of the photos will also appear on the website.
Rules for entry can be found in the festival programme and on the website: www.musicinthepark.org.uk/elms.php and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MusicInTheParkThame).