The Big String

Children playing brass instruments

The Big String

The Big String 2022 welcomed 143 young string players and held a performance at Tewkesbury Abbey

Two violinists at TBS 2022

The Big String is back!

GAM was delighted to present our sixth annual Big String project on the 21st and 22nd of February. A hundred and forty-three young players aged from 5 to 18, from grade 1 to post grade 8 spent a day at Dean Close school and then moved to Tewkesbury Abbey to prepare for their well-attended 3pm concert.

They worked together on a newly commissioned piece (in honour of our 40th anniversary) by Jeff Moore, The Comet Stone, and Jon Trim’s Celtic Fantasia. The children were supported by tutors from Gloucestershire Academy of Music and Make Music Gloucestershire. GAM’s Artistic Director, Glyn Oxley, conceived and developed this project and directed the project alongside Jonathan Trim, conductor of Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra.

The Comet Stone was a world premiere, especially commissioned by GAM for the occasion and generously supported by The Radcliffe Trust.

Photo Gallery: TBS 2022

All photographs by Steve Green.

'The Comet Stone' by Jeff Moore

Commissioned in honour of GAM's 40th anniversary, this performance in Tewkesbury Abbey was the world premiere of Jeff Moore's piece.

'Celtic Fantasia' by Jon Trim

Conducted by the composer, Jon Trim, and performed in Tewkesbury Abbey.