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3,000 young musicians performed at the annual Schools Prom concerts, which lit up the Royal Albert Hall on 10-12 November.
The Schools Prom concerts showcased the impressive talents of young musicians (aged 4-21) and their music teachers and leaders from all across the UK. The concerts represented a unique mix of music from western classical, folk, pop, traditional, and rock.
Each night, the themed concerts - Monday’s Metamorphosis, Tuesday’s Freedom and Wednesday’s Words –also featured a massed ensemble of over 600 young people. Three music education hubs were given the opportunity to showcase a yearlong, large-scale music project, involving young people from different stages of their musical development. This year, performances were given by Calderdale, Greater Manchester and the South Riverside Music Partnership. Each demonstrated innovative approaches to present their music-making projects on a national performance platform.
Esteemed guests included Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform, who presented a Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Award, and also senior representatives from Arts Council England and Ofsted.
Each night, the Schools Prom finale featured an explosive end to a highly successful evening of young people’s music-making, with guests commenting on the huge accomplishments of the performers, their music teachers and leaders, and the possibilities of what can be achieved through music education, as demonstrated by these life-changing concerts.
The Music for Youth season 2015 is now open for entries, where 40,000 musicians will take part in Regional Festivals throughout the country. See www.mfy.org.uk/regionals
Want to remember your experience at the MFY Schools Prom 2014?
Available now! For Official photos, DVDs, programmes, t-shirts and hoodies, visit www.mfy.org.uk/merch