First classical music show since Covid to be held at the old covered market in Wakefield

The Halle du Marché hosted the Moon Festival in 2019

A date has been set for Thursday, June 24.

The Youth Orchestra will perform as the closing event for ‘Together and Apart’ – a lockdown-inspired exhibit that will play a vital role in commemorating difficult losses, remembering and celebrating resilience, and offering vision hopeful for a connected and caring community in the future.

The orchestra, which comprises 50 musicians aged 11 to 18, has composed a range of pieces around the theme “The World About Us”, which celebrates the wonderful world of nature that many people have come to appreciate at a even deeper level throughout the pandemic.

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The show will also lead into the Earth Festival, which will take place throughout the neighborhood from July to October 2021, and aims to encourage residents to make positive environmental changes in their daily lives.

Rehearsals began in January on Zoom, and the orchestra resumed face-to-face rehearsals in April, with only half the orchestra practicing together at a time, on a limited rehearsal time.

The Wakefield Music Education Hub has broadcast numerous live events and performances throughout the pandemic such as their Winter Concert, Big Sings and live workshops, but this will be the first time they have brought together young musicians to an event since March 2020 and will be a magnificent finale to the exhibition – on Thursday June 24 at 7 p.m. with the exhibition as a backdrop.

Councilor Michael Graham, Cabinet Member of the Wakefield Council for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “I am delighted to see the Wakefield Youth Orchestra performing at the ‘Together and Apart’ exhibition. – we’ve all really missed live musical performances and I know young people have worked very hard under difficult circumstances to put this performance together for all of us to enjoy.

“It is also a great opportunity to showcase the old market hall as a performance and exhibition space and we will see many more events held here in the future once the space is redeveloped.

“I look forward to the opening of the exhibition and to seeing what individuals and communities have created in these unprecedented times. Please come take a look.

The “Together & Apart” exhibition opens Thursday June 10 and runs until Sunday June 20, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Old Market Hall on Union Street (Wakefield, WF1 3AE).

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book in advance.

The Old Market Hall is Covid secured and measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all artists, staff and visitors to the space.

Residents are invited to share their own experiences and stories of lockdown and covid-19 using #TogetherandApart

Together & Apart and the redevelopment of the former Market Hall was partly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England . To learn more about this fund, please visit the Creative Wakefield website at

For more information on the exhibition and all the local artists taking part, please visit