THIRTY young people put the finishing touches to a musical play on Friday, after just a week to put their performance together.

The youngsters, all aged between 10 and 15, were part of the Musical Play in a Week project, performed The Secret Orchestra for family and friends on Friday evening.

The play explores the story of the young composer, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and his employer, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia.

The project is run by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM’s), and the play was written by the NCEM’s education consultant Cathryn Dew.

The NCEM’s Delma Tomlin said: “This is the Musical Play in a Week’s 14th year and it’s a pleasure to get to know so many lovely and enthusiastic young people and to watch what is it possible for them to achieve in a week and celebrate their success with the final performance.”

The centre will soon be taking bookings for next summer’s Musical Play in a Week project. Details will be online at in the autumn.