Schools Prom Massed Ensembles Announced

Date Published:10 March 2014
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Out of Essex massed ensemble on stage at the 2013 Schools Prom

Out of Essex massed ensemble on stage at the 2013 Schools Prom.

Music for Youth was delighted to receive 24 submissions for massed ensemble projects to present at this year's Schools Prom 2014. We are keen to support projects which demonstrate innovation and good practice in teaching and learning, and to source interesting collaborations and strong partnership working…

We are pleased to announce the three projects which have been selected, each of which will showcase their region's work in a performance at our high profile Schools Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in November. Audiences will be treated to world premieres of two new commissions; a 500 strong choir fusing different musical cultures; and a look back in time to mark the centenary of World War One.

Calderdale Music Hub will showcase a 500 strong choir aged 7-19 years old performing a traditional Quwali song, sung in both Urdu and English. Accompanied by dancers and both South Asian and western instruments, the performance celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Calderdale.

Kevin Rivett of Calderdale Music Hub said "I think it's a fantastic opportunity for the young people of Calderdale to be involved in such an amazing event. It's already started to benefit them - the fact that they're already meeting up with kids from different schools, singing and performing together and developing new relationships. The excitement of actually going has really raised the standard of their music too."

On the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Greater Manchester Music Hub and will feature the premiere of a new commission by Ed Puddick, inspired by the poetry of Siegfried Sassoon. The hub's Jazz Orchestra and 400 young singers will work in collaboration to bring this special commemorative commission to life.

Dave Little from Greater Manchester Music Hub said "Bringing together the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra with nine primary-aged choirs will be an emotional journey as well as a musical one. The beauty of a commissioned piece is that it can be designed specifically for those performing it. This will be an innovative project as, unusually for the jazz genre, we will draw on a historical stimulus - a Siegfried Sassoon poem from WW1."

Performed by the South Riverside Music Partnership, Wednesday evening will also feature the premiere of a new commission, written by Kerry Andrew. At the core of this performance will be the hub's innovative Animate Orchestra, a learning programme in which young musicians in Years 5-10 create their own music in an "Orchestra for the 21st Century". The orchestra will be supported by hundreds of young singers aged 8-19.

Helen Hendry from the South Riverside Music Partnership said "We are absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform at the Schools Prom. This project will help to support the aims of the South Riverside Music Partnership, by supporting the musical progression and learning of young people in South East London. We are very excited to be working with composer Kerry Andrew to create a brand new piece of music which encapsulates London living and represents the diverse musical tastes and abilities of the performers."

Judith Webster, MFY Chief Executive said "Our congratulations go to the three successful partnerships that will perform at this year’s Schools Prom and also, a big thank you to all organisations which took the time to submit proposals in response to our massed ensemble call for submissions. We had very difficult decisions to make, and this process showed us the breadth and quality of work that partnerships such as Music Education Hubs are developing all over the country. Through our Schools Prom, MFY provides a national platform for showcasing high quality and innovative music education projects created at a local level. It is through this role that we can support and champion the excellent work which teachers and music leaders undertake with our young people."

The Schools Prom showcases a new generation of talent on the world's most famous stage. 3,000 young musicians wow audiences of thousands in three concerts each November.

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