MUSIC FOR YOUTH NATIONAL FESTIVAL 2015

Date Published:30 June 2015
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OVER 8000 YOUNG MUSICIANS, 300 PERFORMANCES, ACROSS 6 LIVE MUSIC STAGES:
Music for Youth return to Birmingham to showcase the UK’s brightest young musicians in a 5 day music festival across the city.

Next week sees 8,000 talented young musicians come together to perform in the  most famous concert halls in Birmingham, including Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the Adrian Boult Hall in the Birmingham Conservatoire. Throughout the week, festival goers will be treated to a mix of musical styles including jazz, classical, indie, folk, world and more. The Festival vibe will spread across the city with free pop up performances around the city as part of the Festival Fringe, including appearances from local arts organisations - DanceXchange and The Rep Youth Theatre - as well as some of the UK’s renowned youth music ensembles, such as the National Youth Jazz Combo in the Festival Tent, pitched in Centenary Square.

Judith Webster, Chief Executive, Music for Youth comments:
“We’re delighted to showcase the country’s most inspiring young musicians at this year’s National Festival in Birmingham. Seeing the thousands of young musicians come together in the city of Birmingham and thrive with the opportunity to play in some of the UK’s best music venues is electric. And with the biggest Festival Fringe to date, this year’s festival is sure to impress”

Festival highlights include:

Festival Main Stage performances – inspirational performances each day in the THSH, Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Town Hall. Music by day:
Tuesday 7 July - Choirs / Infants & Juniors
Wednesday 8 July - Choirs / Ensembles / Chamber
Thursday 9 July - Brass / Wind / Ensembles / World, Folk & Roots
Friday 10 July - Brass / Wind / Orchestras / Jazz
Saturday 11 July - Orchestras / Frequencies (Rock, Pop & Urban)

Festival Fringe – free musical performances in the Festival Tent (Centenary Square), pop up performances across the city centre, music taster sessions in the MFY Interactive Zone (Symphony Hall foyer) and Infinity Live – free workshop with teacher and choral director Richard Frostick. 

Evening Jazz, THSH – the very best of the country’s young jazz groups perform a special evening concert, presented by award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch (Fri 10 July, Town Hall)

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For further information and images, please contact:
Jenny Barrett
Marketing Manager, Music for Youth
jenny@mfy.org.uk 020 7759 1839

For tickets:
Day ticket: £8/£5 (plus transaction fee)
THSH box office: 0121 345 0603
www.thsh.co.uk

Editors’ Notes
1. Music for Youth celebrates the UK’s most talented young musicians. Every year, 60,000 young people take part in MFY’s UK-wide programme of high quality music events, concerts and festivals. 

2. Music for Youth’s programme is supported by its major sponsors NUT and Royal Albert Hall and sponsors Vivendi and ABRSM. It is supported by public funding from Arts Council England and Department for Education. Its supporters include Musicians’ Union, EV-ENTZ, Department of Education Northern Ireland, PRS for Music Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.


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