Bandstand Marathon

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WETHERBY’S Riverside Bandstand will be alive with the sound of music on Sunday as the Old Silkstone Band take part in a Bandstand Marathon as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The event is designed to give everyone a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture.

Bandstand Marathon is organised by Somerset-based not-for-profit music development agency Superact

And the event will use not only bandstands but public spaces simultaneously across the UK for performances of many types of different music.

Ali Smith, Superact Director, explained: “The Bandstand Marathon started life in 2008 with the aim of enlivening public spaces and celebrating the nation’s much loved bandstands.

“Over the past three years we have seen audience numbers grow throughout the UK and we expect this year to be bigger than ever.

She added: “With an estimated 150 venues taking part this year we hoping to provide performance opportunities for over 3,000 musicians across the UK.”

The project was recently granted the Inspire mark, for the fourth year running, by the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to fulfil their potential.

“I am proud that with the help of partners such as Superact we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in creating a cultural legacy post-London 2012.”

For more details visit the Bandstand Marathon website www.bandstandmarathon.org.uk