Lewisham Live music and dance festival begins

Lewisham Live. Pic: Lewisham Council

Lewisham Live. Pic: Lewisham Council

Three weeks of music, dance and song celebrating young talent across Lewisham began at a local school on Tuesday.

In its fourth year, Lewisham Live festival is expected to successfully showcase many of Lewisham’s finest dancers and musicians.

Over 1,500 young people will perform at the festival in venues and theatres around the borough in a display of varied home talent spanning genres such as classical, hip hop, jazz and street.

The first evening did not disappoint, as the Beecroft Garden Primary School hosted an exciting line up of live percussion with rhythms of steel drums, samba and djembe.

Wednesday presented the Blackheath Halls with an array of live performances from orchestras to brass bands. This event culminated in a specially commissioned piece for all 150 performers accompanied by members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The coming weeks promise an array of impressive performances. The Lewisham Dance Showcase on March 14-15 will see an exhibition of exhilarating performances with an exciting mix of dance styles.

The following night is the XLP Arts Showcase, which creates a platform for young local artists who auditioned from secondary schools across the borough to exhibit their talents.

The top three acts from the show will also go on to represent Lewisham in the London-wide finals at the Mermaid Theatre in July 2013.

Emma Chalk, business support manager for Lewisham Music Service, said:  “The festival is a fantastic opportunity for Lewisham Music Service and Music Hub to bring together the children and young people of Lewisham to showcase their work in music and dance. The mixture of venues and partner organisations we are working with provides the young people with a platform to perform to their local community.”

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