Group wins awards and all that jazz at festival

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A BOSTON music group has hit all the right notes and won itself an award.

More than 60 people from the Boston Youth Pop Choir and Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra were invited to attend the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham.

The jazz ensemble even won a Royal Albert Hall Jazz Award, one of only six given out.

Director of musical services in Lincolnshire Lee Hextall said: “We were delighted when Boston Youth Pop Choir and Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra were chosen to perform.

“It’s a recognition of their achievement to be given one of six national awards.

“To go play with all those young musicians from all over the country and know you’re up there with the best of them is great.

“Our kids came away thinking ‘we are really good’.”

The jazz orchestra played Spain by Chic Corea, Hosanna by Kirk Franklin and finished with the whole band singing Price Tag by Jesse J.

Of the performance jazz saxophonist Mornington Lockett said: "It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck – brilliant!"

Music for Youth Festival includes more than 10,000 ensembles taking part in regional festivals with around 300 chosen to take part in Birmingham.

The groups meet on a weekly basis with an enrolment of £30.

l Details: visit www.lincsmusicservice.org or email lee.hextall@lincolnshire.gov.uk.