Musicians and singers of all ages are now welcome at Castleford Music Group

Young Castleford Musicians have relaxed their age limit.

The dual effect of the forced hiatus due to the pandemic and people leaving for college and full-time employment has depleted membership.

Band manager Phil Clarkson said: “Our members were great during the break, taking part in an online quiz and recording three virtual performances, but unfortunately without regular rehearsals and gigs it was not possible to invite new members to join us.

“After receiving a few messages from adults who had started playing their old instruments again during lockdown and were subsequently looking to join a band, we realized there were no suitable options locally for older people. 25 years old.

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“We felt that removing this age limit could not only help increase our numbers but also allow musicians who want to play or sing socially to do so.”

Phil said with several confirmed bookings for 2022, including a performance at Queen’s Park Jubilee celebrations in June and the return of the annual trip to Sun Court in Scarborough the following month, now is the perfect time to join the group.

CYM is an independent concert band and choir that has met in the city since 1966, giving regular concerts both locally and abroad.

As a registered charity, CYM mainly helps other organizations with their fundraising ambitions, but they have also undertaken projects of their own, including raising over £2,000 to buy two defibrillators for the Carlton Shopping Center Lanes at Castleford in 2019.

As a non-competitive group, CYM welcomes musicians and singers of all skill levels. There are no auditions, although a trial period is usually agreed upon before full membership is confirmed.

With proven links between singing or playing a musical instrument and improving mental and physical health, CYM now offers the opportunity for people of all ages to develop their musical skills and perform in a friendly environment. and favorable.

Anyone interested in joining the band or choir is invited to attend a rehearsal, which takes place every Friday evening during school terms at St Joseph’s Primary School, Castleford, WF10 4JB from 7pm. For more information call (01977) 511971, email [email protected] or visit

Corina C. Butler