Great Music Places: Darlington

Great Music Places: Darlington

Make Music Day UK is delighted to announce Darlington in the North East of England as our first Great Music Place for 2022.

Every year on the 21st June, communities around the world come together to share their music for Make Music Day. In 2022, 125 countries are expected to take part, and in the UK Make Music Day continues to grow each year, building on more than 30,000 performers and 330,000 audience members achieved in 2021.

Make Music Day UK is a DIY festival, based on three simple rules: 1. Events must take place on 21st June, 2. They must be free to access and 3. They must involve music. The result is a national festival which showcases the melting pot of musical talents and interests in communities in every corner of the country, and with every genre of music represented. Schools, community groups, amateur musicians and professionals all take part.
This year, organisers want to celebrate a handful of Great Music Places – towns and cities that come together to celebrate the breadth of music making in their own communities. The first Great Music Place has already been announced – Darlington, in the North East. Darlington boasts an active Music Service and strong tradition of leisure-time and professional music making, with a mix of community choirs, brass bands, handbell ringers, independent music venues and societies and recording studios. With the support of Creative Darlington and Durham Music Service, they are all encouraged to contribute to Make Music Day in their own way.
Stephen Wiper, Creative Darlington Manager, said, “We’re delighted that Darlington is being recognised as a Great Music Place. There is so much music happening in Darlington, and Make Music Day is the perfect way to celebrate the variety that our communities have to offer. We’re looking forward to a fantastic day of music making throughout the town.

Make Music Day UK Co-Director Rob Guest added, “Celebrating all different genres and styles of music in a way which brings people together and allows people to share the joy of music is exactly what Make Music Day is all about. I know Darlington very well, so I’m really pleased that they want to be such an important part of this celebration of music.”

Over the coming weeks, Make Music Day UK is hoping to announce more Great Music Places from around the UK. To get in touch about how your area could be involved, please send an email info@makemusicday.co.uk or submit your events at www.makemusicday.co.uk


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