PERFORMERS took to the stage for the final evening of Bolton Music Centre Presents.
Nine ensembles performed at the Albert Halls, Bolton, on the fifth night of the annual music extravaganza.
More than 40 groups have entertained audiences over the five nights, the highlight in the calendar of the Bolton Music Service.
Bolton Beginner Concert Band kicked off proceedings with Go Bananas, Go and were followed by Bolton Junior Youth Choir before the interval.
Guest performers The Oaks County Primary School performed two traditional African music pieces before Bolton Youth Percussion Ensemble ended part one.
Bolton Junior Guitar Ensemble got the ball rolling in the second half with The Beatles’ Come Together followed by Seven Nation Army, a hit for The White Stripes.
BMS Singers performed Yugoslav Folk Songs and Bolton Junior Brass Band played some familiar pieces, including Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. B.U.M.P had the audience toe- tapping with a series of pieces by Richard Iles, musical director. New Century Strings rounded of the musical week on a high note with New Century Strings Abdelazer Variations on a theme of Purcell.
Nearly 100 volunteers, including parents of the young people performing, helped backstage. Bolton Music Centre Presents has been taking place in Bolton for nearly 30 years.
Martin Kay, deputy head of service, said: “Thursday night saw the culmination of a fabulous five-night celebration of the musical talents of the young people of Bolton.
“Across Music Centre Presents we had more than 1,000 individual performances from pupils aged from three to 19. We
are so proud of every single one of the performers, from those performing for the very first time to our senior pupils, some of whom were performing at Music Centre Presents for the 11th time. “The staff and volunteer team worked incredibly hard to make this event one of the most successful we have ever held. The work that we do would not be possible without the support and assistance of our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors.”