MFY National Partnership Awards Celebration
Date Published:29 September 2015
Keywords:National Festival, National Partnership Awards
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Congratulations to this year’s MFY National Partnership Award-winners!
Following on from the Music for Youth National Festival in July, eight groups have been commended for their performance and musical achievement at this year’s National Partnership Awards. These awards provide the opportunity for chosen groups to build a relationship with and take part in a special bespoke ‘red letter day’ experience with a leading arts and education partner.
On Wednesday 23 September, representatives from each group came from all over the UK to receive their awards and enjoy a special reception, held in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Music for Youth and the Royal Albert Hall Chief Executive, Chris Cotton hosted the event, which included a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall, a photo shoot and the all-important introduction to their award sponsor.
Judith Webster, CEO of Music for Youth, said “this special awards reception is a true celebration of the talent and incredible music-making taking place all across the country. Through the National Partnership Awards, Music for Youth is able to broker relationships between a range of arts organisations, professional musicians and educationalists who can support the musical development of young musicians. Congratulations to all the award winners.”
Photo's from the award ceremony can be viewed here
National Partnership Awards 2015
INFANTS & JUNIORS AWARD
ST MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, DOVER
SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
- A guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall
- Attendance at the Classical Spectacular Schools Matinee with a chance to meet the artists backstage
THE ORIGINAL ENSEMBLE, LEIGH-ON-SEA
SPONSORED BY LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC
- A specially tailored day of activities to support the group’s musical development
- Access to the College’s leading academics and resident ensembles, reflecting the group’s musical interest
CYM PIANO SEXTET, LONDON
SPONSORED BY BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE
- Coaching by a Conservatoire resident chamber group
- A performance within the Conservatoire
- Attendance at a masterclass with a high-profile visiting musicians as part of the Conservatoire’s public masterclass series
BRASS BANDS AWARD
SMITHY BRIDGE PRIMARY BRASS BAND, LITTLEBOROUGH
SPONSORED BY TOWN HALL SYMPHONY HALL
- A special foyer performance in Symphony Hall’s Café Bar to coincide with a Brass Band concert in Symphony Hall.
- Attendance at the concert in Symphony Hall
WIND BANDS AWARD
SYMPHONIC WIND BAND, BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET
SPONSORED BY ROYAL MARINES BAND SERVICE
- A day with the Royal Marines Band Service at their training centre in Portsmouth, which will include coaching and mentoring sessions with Royal Marines instructors, civilian professors, and full wind band rehearsals
- Free tickets to see the Massed Bands in action at the 2016 Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall.
WORLD, FOLK & ROOTS AWARD
SPONSORED BY MUSICIANS' UNION
- A specially tailored day of activities designed to give insight into the music business.
- Specialist advice and guidance relevant to the group’s musical aspirations and future careers.
- Practical session with professional artists reflecting the group’s musical interest.
JACKANORY JAZZ COLLECTIVE, HUDDERSFIELD
SPONSORED BY TOWN HALL SYMPHONY HALL
- A coaching and mentoring session with THSH’s resident jazz ensemble, the Jazzlines Trio.
- A special foyer performance in Symphony Hall’s Café Bar as part of the Jazzlines Free Gigs weekly series.
NUT TEACHER AWARD
PATRICK ALLEN - IFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHOIR, CRAWLEY
SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS
This special award will be presented to a school based music teacher who has shown inspirational leadership in the direction of their music group at the National Festival. The award consists of a donation of £500 for musical equipment or resources to be spent in the teacher’s current school during 2015-16.