Essex prepares to celebrate county’s musical talent 

Festival organisers are hoping to set a new world record for the number of people taking part in a STOMP body percussion routine as part of a weekend jam-packed with music.The Sounds of Essex youth music festival will take place in Colchester over both Saturday, 1 July and Sunday, 2 July.

The event marks 60 years of Essex Youth Orchestras and will feature acts to cater for all tastes in music, showcasing youth music from across Essex.

The first day will be held at Lower Castle Park from 10am until 7pm. It will include hands-on music workshops, rock and pop bands from Colchester Institute, jazz groups, African, Samba, steel pan, Chinese and didgeridoo performances, orchestras, choirs and a tribute to famous Essex bands and artists such as Blur and the Prodigy.

There will also be a world record attempt, with organisers from Essex Music Education Hub, which is led by Essex County Council, hoping to get more than 1,500 people taking part in a STOMP body percussion routine.

On the second day, which forms part of Colchester’s well-established annual Big Sunday festival, a special ‘Grown: a Grime opera’ performance will be staged at the Old Bus Station, Queen Street, at 2.30pm and again at 4pm.

It will feature well-known grime MC Eyez, Max Wheeler (Anushka), young rappers and electronic artists, along with backing from Essex Youth Orchestra and the Youth Gospel Choir.