MFY National Partnership Awards

Date Published:29 September 2014
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Royal Albert Hall hosts MFY National Partnership Awards reception

10 groups, commended for their performance at the MFY National Festival 2014 in July, attended a special afternoon reception at the Royal Albert Hall to receive their Music for Youth National Partnership Award. The reception welcomed 25 young musicians and their music leaders to pick up their awards, travelling to London from all parts of the country.

The event was hosted in the West Arena Foyer, and as part of their day, they were treated to a walk around the Hall’s auditorium including a photo opportunity on the world’s most famous stage. “Being on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall was awesome!” remarked one young musician who travelled down from Gloucestershire for the event.

Launched in 2013, the MFY National Partnership Awards are part of Music for Youth’s ongoing commitment to support young people’s music making and talent development. The awards broker partnerships between an impressive range organisations including Birmingham Conservatoire, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Musicians’ Union, the Royal Albert Hall and Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham and - new award partners for 2014– the Royal Marines Band Service and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Each award offers a group of young musicians a musical and educational experience, bespoke to their needs. The experiences offer a unique opportunity to collaborate with professional artists, perform in some of the country’s most prestigious venues, and receive coaching from leading music educationalists.

“We’ve learned a lot more about our award and what to expect, and it’s been great to meet all the other groups and hear about the experiences they will take part in.” remarked a representative from the Highworth Folk Band, Kent.

Judith Webster, Chief Executive at Music for Youth, said "I am delighted to welcome young musicians, music leaders and our national partners to the Royal Albert Hall for the second year of the MFY National Partnership Awards. The Awards offer young musicians a special opportunity to develop relationships with a range of arts organisations, professional musicians and educationalists who can support their musical development with tailor made performance and learning experiences over the next year. As a national organisation, Music for Youth aims to broker relationships between its national partners and young people and their music teachers on the ground. Our award sponsors represent some of the key players in the arts and in music education and we value the experience and hands-on opportunities they bring to this scheme.”

The MFY National Partnership Awards 2014 groups are…

  • Amber - presented with the award for Rock, Pop and Urban, kindly donated by Royal Northern College of Music
  • Birmingham Schools’ Brass Ensemble - presented with the award for Ensembles, kindly donated by Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Gone with the Wind - presented with the award for Chamber groups, kindly donated by Town Hall Symphony Hall
  • The Groove Diggers, presented with the award in Jazz, kindly donated by Town Hall Symphony Hall.
  • Highworth Folk Band - presented with the award for Traditional and International groups, kindly donated by Musicians’ Union
  • The Links Primary Schools Choir- presented with the award for Choirs, kindly donated by Town Hall Symphony Hall
  • New Bradwell School Choir - presented with the award for Infants and Junior groups, kindly sponsored by the Royal Albert Hall
  • South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Band - presented with the award for Wind Bands, kindly donated by the Royal Marines Band Service
  • Sponne Brass Band, presented with the award for Brass Bands, kindly donated by Town Hall Symphony Hall
  • Wigan Youth String Orchestra - presented with the award for Orchestras, kindly donated by London Philharmonic Orchestra

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Lynn Simmonds on lynn@mfy.org.uk or 020 7759 1834.

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