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Scottish-German choir to give Dumfries concert

St John's Church, Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

An 80-strong choir made up of young people from Dumfries and Galloway and German twin-town Gifhorn are putting on a free concert.

The performance takes place at St John's Church in Dumfries at 6pm on Sunday

As part of their longstanding twinning relationship members of Dumfries and Galloway Regional Youth Choir are welcoming 40 young people from the Gifhorn Twin-Town Singers to Scotland to participate in a residential choral workshop in Stirling.

The choirs are working together on a variety of Christmas music over a four day period before heading to Dumfries for the concert.

As well as working on their music, the young people will participate together in various activities including quizzes, a ceilidh, and visits to a range of tourist attractions.

“This twinning relationship was first established in 2009. Since then, it has flourished with many long-term friendships made.

"Music is the common language that unites us. We really hope that a large audience comes along to St John’s on Sunday to enjoy what will be a fabulous choral experience.”

– Jamie Brand, Annan Academy


James Arthur to headline Dumfries Youth Beatz

The Youth Beatz launch for 2016 Credit: D&G Council

The 2012 winner of The X Factor, James Arthur, is set to headline this year's Youth Beatz concert in Dumfries.

The event has been running for the past seven years and attracts thousands of young people to the Dock Park in the town centre.

Also performing at the concert on 13th August will be dance and pop band Cascada.

“It’s always a pleasure playing to the Scottish crowds and I’ve been told the atmosphere at Youth Beatz is amazing. I can’t wait to come and experience it!”

– James Arthur

"It’s great that our Council is able to continue to support the flagship youth festival for our region. This year’s festival will run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much.

"The event has such a great impact on the local economy and the impact on the young people is massive. The acts are really impressive – now we just need to hope for the good weather.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Dumfries and Galloway Council


WATCH: Playlist for Life

A charity which uses music to help people with dementia has launched a new internet learning programme.

Playlist for Life was founded by broadcaster Sally Magnusson after she saw the benefits music had for her mother.

Staff at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas - which is part of the national social care charity Community Integrated Care - say the project has been a big success.

Katie Hunter reports:

Calvin Harris visits Dumfries

Calvin Harris Credit: PA

There are reports that Adam Wiles has been spotted in Dumfries today.

Never heard of him? perhaps you know him as Calvin Harris but during his time in hometown Dumfries he went by Adam.

The Scottish DJ rose to fame in 2007 with top-ten singles "The Girls" and "Acceptable in the 80s". Since then Harris has collaborated with some of the world biggest musicians in the industry.

It is thought the singer songwriter was sighted at Lincluden School around 2:30pm today.

Calvin Harris DJ Set Credit: PA

Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.

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