Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. The Music for Youth Season seeks to inspire, challenge, excite and educate, working annually with 100,000 young people.

 

History

Music for Youth was founded in 1970, with the aim of providing young people with an opportunity to perform live in a supportive and non-competitive environment, regardless of their ability. The first event staged was the National Festival, which took place on 10 and 11 July 1971 at the Lyceum on The Strand.

Following on from its success plans then developed to introduce a nationwide series of Regional Festivals to underpin the whole Music for Youth programme.  This open access approach resulted in a massive increase in entries for the second National Festival, held at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon in 1972.  In 1981 the National Festival moved to London's South Bank Centre and remained there until 2005 when the Festival moved to Birmingham.

The first Schools Prom was held in November 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall, where the concerts still take place today.  Throughout the years there have been many guest performers including John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Don Lusher, Humphrey Littleton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Rick Wakeman, Tim Rice, Julian Lloyd Webber, Kenny Baker and Malcolm Arnold.  Past performers include Evelyn Glennie, Nigel Kennedy, Michael Collins, Jason Yarde, Thomas Adès, Simone Rebello, John Harle, Gary Barlow, Ian Belton and Matthew Barley.

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September 2016
October 2016
Sat 08 October
Frequencies, Bristol
Mon 10 October
Aldeburgh Primary Prom
Wed 12 October
London Primary Prom
Sat 22 October
Frequencies, Manchester
Mon 24 October
Frequencies, Newcastle
November 2016
Mon 14 November
Music for Youth Proms
Tue 15 November
Music for Youth Proms
 
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