South Norfolk youth band tours Malaysia in aid of £1 million medical centre

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The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band has embarked on one of the biggest tours in its 42 years of history, to support a new £1 million specialist medical facility in Malaysia.

The group, comprised of 63 members who are almost all under the age of 25, will perform in front of 5,000 people at the Borneo Convention Centre on Saturday, as part of their two-week concert tour in aid of the Heart Foundation, to help finance a new cardiac operating theatre.

The concert, which will be in front of the Chief Minister and other dignitaries, follows a series of performances and workshops for young Malaysian muscians in the Kuching and Kota Kinabalu regions.

Mandy Whitham, of SNYSB, described tomorrow’s concert as the organisation’s crowning glory.

She said: “There’s no doubt that this will be the biggest achievement of the band to date but everyone is confident that this can be realized.

“These youngsters from South Norfolk will be flying the flag for the UK whilst having the most amazing musical Malaysian adventure.”

She also praised members of the band for successfully self-funding their individual travel to be involved in the tour, bringing in £7,000 through sponsorships, cake stalls and busking.

For more about SNYSB, go to www.snysb.org.uk