Young music stars bringing Broadway classic to Oxfordshire

The all-time classic Broadway musical 42nd Street is coming to Abingdon courtesy of Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre.

Members of the cast – part of the Oxfordshire County Music Service – will perform the toe-tapping treat at Radley College Theatre from Wednesday, April 3, to Saturday, April 6.

Jonathan Cox, senior manager at the Oxfordshire County Music Service, said the production was the result of six months of hard work, both by the cast and professional staff who coach and support them.

“Youth Music Theatre provides amazing opportunities for young people in Oxfordshire to experience being involved in really good quality theatrical productions,” he said.

“They rehearse intensively between September and April each year and have built a reputation for outstanding high-quality performance.”

Thriving communities

Oxfordshire County Council’s Music Service epitomises the council’s vision for thriving people and communities and as a traded service, supported by the county council, its funding is derived from income and grants including from Arts Council England.

Performances of 42nd Street will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from www.wegottickets.com/42ndstreet

Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre is supported by dedicated Music Service staff and has some of the most able young instrumentalists in the county.

Jonathan added: “There’s also a core of hard-working volunteers, some of whom attend every rehearsal during the year to support this production. Without this support Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre would not be able to provide these great opportunities.”

Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership

Oxfordshire County Music Service is the lead partner of the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership (OMEP – the Music Education Hub for Oxfordshire) which provides and signposts a wide range of music services and tuition to young people and some adults in Oxfordshire.

OMEP’s work includes delivery of the Government’s whole class instrumental programme in primary schools as well as individual and small group lessons, specialist teaching in primary and special schools, curriculum support and advice, a full programme of weekend and evening music schools, holiday courses for young musicians at all stages of learning, workshops, community projects, high level ensemble activities, inspirational large-scale concerts, tours and training.

There is also enhanced academic provision for particularly gifted young musicians. To find out more about the services and activities available through Oxfordshire County Music Service and the Music Education Partnership click here.