Preparations for the 2017 IMG SoundSport series are now well underway as bands and corps look towards next season. Concord Youth Music from Sheffield, South Yorkshire have announced their intention to enter the IMG section of The Forest of Dean show next year. The event, on Saturday 8th April, is located in a modern indoor arena on the outskirts of Lydney, Gloucestershire and will feature performances by a variety of different musical groups.

Sheffield will be sending a large group to the West Country, as Concord will be sharing their coach with the Tin Soldiers who will be entering the SoundSport section of the show. It will be a long day for this young group as they aim to leave Sheffield around 9.00 am and return to their Croft House headquarters by approximately 2.00 am on the Sunday morning. The show is timed to end at 8.00pm which should allow some time for socialising after the event, before heading back north.

Corps Director Roger Steele said “This is an opportunity for us to further our reputation and make a real impact in a new genre and with a brand-new audience, in addition to giving our members a totally different kind of performance experience.”

Contest Secretary Sharon Thomas said “We’re absolutely delighted that Concord and Tin Soldiers have decided to enter our show. The Forest of Dean is predominantly a Brass Band area but these two groups will bring a very different style of musical performance to the event, which I’m sure will prove very popular with the audience. We appreciate that it’s a long way from Yorkshire to Gloucestershire and we’re going to do everything we can to ensure that they have a great experience.”

Further information on the series will be published shortly on the DCE website and registration for all shows will open on November 1, also via the website.