MFY Primary Proms

Date Published:21 October 2014
Category:All News
Keywords:Cornwall, Primary Prom, Royal Albert Hall
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'If they can do it, we can do it' - Inspiring the next generation
Blog post by Lynn Simmonds, Development Manager


Last week, Music for Youth went on the road to welcome 10,000 primary school children to four Primary Prom concerts. Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London and the Hall for Cornwall, Truro, audiences listened to energetic and inspiring performances by their peers from their region.

Primary Prom concerts embody the dynamism of what is unique about young musicians. The concerts have an atmosphere that is unparalleled to any of our other MFY events – when the majority of the audience is aged 11 and under you can understand why! The excitement and energy in the concerts from both the performers and audiences was exhilarating to hear – from the first rapturous applause from the audience to the polished performances by these talented young musicians.

The concerts aim to inspire a new generation of young people to take up music through watching the achievements of their peers - to wonder whether they could one day do the same on these stages... and be motivated to learn something new – whether it be a new piece of music, in a new style, using different instrumentation… Accompanying the concerts are resources for their teachers to help navigate the programme and look out for key aspects of the music being performed.

My favourite tip of the concert series came from Pete Letanka who taught the audience to spot the Bolero rhythm through repeating the phrase “Don’t tickle my feet, tickle my feet. No! Don’t tickle my feet, tickle my feet…” I could hear the children and their teachers whispering to themselves, trying to fit all the words into the fast paced performance of Bolero given by a Cornish Choir.

And finally, what is great about our Primary Proms, is that everyone is a musician and a performer. In all the concerts, the audience had the opportunity to shine as well, with all the performances ending with a finale of song and action.

Did a new generation of potential musicians return to their schools last week after their experiences? – I hope so… time will tell.

Check out this short video from the event.



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The London Primary Prom was presented by MFY in association with the Royal Albert Hall. 

Thank you to Cornwall Music Education Hub for their support in engaging with Primary Schools across the county of Cornwall.

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