‘We have to be removed at home time’

Spen Valley Sports College's Ukulele and Vocal Group - The Spen Valley Troubadours - have got through to the National "Music for Youth Festival" in Birmingham. Chris Hanks joins Molly jones, Jodie Crossland, Bethan Jones, Niamh Stacey, Myles Hare, Antony Bagot, Molly Boden and Sam Hoyle. (D541F319)
Spen Valley Sports College's Ukulele and Vocal Group - The Spen Valley Troubadours - have got through to the National "Music for Youth Festival" in Birmingham. Chris Hanks joins Molly jones, Jodie Crossland, Bethan Jones, Niamh Stacey, Myles Hare, Antony Bagot, Molly Boden and Sam Hoyle. (D541F319)

A group of ukulele playing students are hoping to be pitch perfect when they take part in the National Music for Youth Festival.

The Spen Valley Troubadours – the ukulele and vocal group at Spen Valley Sports College – have secured a place at the festival in Birmingham on July 4.

Director of Arts at Spen Valley Chris Hanks said there was a real surge of interest in playing ukuleles among young people.

“The group was formed in December 2012 after some of the performers were in last year’s festival at the Albert Hall – as part of the Huddersfield Fusion Choir,” he said.

“They found the experience inspirational and decided that the Troubadours would be an excellent vehicle to take part in this year’s festival. We love our Thursday afternoon rehearsals that are a highlight of the week!

“This is a very prestigious National Festival and we may be invited to play at the Albert Hall in November if the organisers of the Festival like our performance,” he explained.

“Music has had a profound