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Emotional last concert for Shropshire conductor

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He's been the inspiration for aspiring young musicians for more than a decade - but conductor Bob Wysome has put down his baton for the final time.

Mr Wysome led Shropshire Youth Orchestra for the last time at a major concert during an emotional performance at Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday night.

He is stepping down from his role due to ill health as he suffers from Parkinson's Disease.

But Mr Wysome, from Wellington, who has been involved with teaching music since the 1980s, has pledged to stay involved with the orchestra, saying music was "his life".

Dozens of people flooded in for the night of classical music, which included performances by BBC Young Musician of the Year Adrian Spillet, who was awarded the title in 1998, and New College Chorale.

Mr Wysome said: "Music is my life and I have suffered from ill health for the past 13 years.

"I've managed to carry on but it's getting a struggle now.

"I'm still passionate about music, I can't pin down what it is that I love about it so much though.

"Perhaps it's seeing youngsters really put their heart and soul into it, that's very rewarding."

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As well as his tireless work with youth orchestras, Mr Wysome has been involved with BBC documentary Music In Action and was previously Director of Music at New College, Telford.

Music on the night involved pieces from Romeo and Juliet and a marimba concerto.

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