Massed Ensemble Announcement

Date Published:10 March 2015
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Calderdale Massed Ensemble on stage at the 2014 Schools Prom.

Each year Music for Youth showcases one large regional music project (or massed ensemble) at each of our three Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in November. We were delighted to receive a great number of submissions this year and are pleased to announce the three selected projects.

We are keen to support projects that demonstrate innovation and good practice in teaching and learning, and to source interesting collaborations and strong partnership working. The selected projects are:


Hampshire Music Service presents Mary Rose, a composition project by Martin Read involving choir, orchestra, new music by local students, drama and dance. The piece is based on the story of the Mary Rose – Henry VIII's ship – a local story representing the various aspects of the tragic circumstances surrounding the ship’s sinking in the Solent.

Carl Clausen of Hampshire Music Service said "We are thrilled to be attending the Royal Albert Hall and the Prom concerts. We are looking forward to working with children and young people of all ages and backgrounds. Using this piece we are giving new opportunities and engaging Hampshire students through music and dance as well as supporting young composers from the Martin Read trust."


Kirklees Music School is joining forces with Daventry Music and Performing Arts Centre and Chiltern Music Academy for a visual and musical spectacular. Involving over 350 young people, the project has been carefully crafted to inspire and expand their understanding of astronomy. The Mighty Sky album by Beth Nielsen Chapman is at the heart of the project, a collection of songs bordering blues, country, folk and pop which has now been arranged for soloist, choir and orchestra. 

Thom Meredith of Kirklees Music School said "Instrumentalists and singers from Chiltern, Daventry and Kirklees who have never worked together before are looking forward to sharing this musical space trip with the audience. The chance for some of our young soloists to work with a Grammy nominated artist in the build up to the performance is just the icing on the cake!"


In partnership with English Touring Opera, over 400 young people from the Oval Cluster in South London will perform an original piece of music based on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic voyage navigating 800 miles of the world's fiercest seas to reach the island of South Georgia, only to be confronted with the challenge of completing an unprecedented mountain climb. The cycle of songs will tell the story of the Antarctic journey, and of the extraordinary men on board the boat.

Sarah Botchway from the Oval Cluster said "We are delighted to be taking part in the Prom concerts this year. This is a great opportunity for hundreds of children from across the Oval Cluster to work together to develop their musical skills and talent. We are excited to be working with English Touring Opera to produce a new piece of music to perform at such a prestigious venue".

Judith Webster, MFY Chief Executive said "We are extremely pleased once again to be able to present three exciting regional partnership projects at our national showcase Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. By offering these massed ensemble opportunities we can support the achievements of young musicians at all stages in their musical development and champion the work of dedicated music teachers and leaders across the country."

The Music for Youth Prom concerts showcase 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 at the Royal Albert Hall.

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