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Singposium 2002 is a one-day conference organised by Music for Youth on July 2 at the Purcell Room in London for all those who work with young singers and choirs. Everything from conducting to developing language through music. Information: 020 8870 9624; email:

Make a joyful noise

The National Rock and Pop Festival, organised by Solihull Music Service, challenges young musicians: "Don't just watch it, do it". Between July 15 and 18, four evenings of live music featuring young bands from across the United Kingdom will rock the concourse suite at NEC Birmingham. Any solo or group act within an educational establishment is invited to take part. For information: 0121 743 2483.


Watch a Georgian cricket match at Portchester Castle, Hampshire, on July 14, as the castle garrison take on the locals. Those not in whites can enjoy stalls and have-a-go activities. Book on 0870 333 1183.

Food of love

Take a picnic to a performance of The Taming of the Shrew by Lincoln Shakespeare Company at Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, on June 22 (01246 822844), or sigh with Heartbreak Production's Romeo and Juliet at Witley Court ,Worcestershire, on June 21 or 22 (01299 896636). Catch As You Like It, played by Theatre Set-up in the style of the period of Richard the Lionheart at Chiswick House, London, on July 6 (020 8995 0508), or Chapterhouse Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream at St Augustine's Abbey, Kent , also July 6 (01227 767345). For Shakespeare all over England visit

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