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‘...Youth is a voice of fearless hope, driven to shape the future’
On the 23-25 November the annual Music for Youth Proms returned with 3,000 young musicians performing at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Prom concerts celebrated the impressive talents of young musicians (aged 21 and under) and their music teachers and leaders from all across the UK. The concerts represented a unique mix of music from orchestral, rock and pop, choral, samba, jazz, folk and more.
For the first time, each concert featured a specially commissioned finale, written by Music for Youth’s inaugural artist-in-residence, Joe Broughton. ‘Finale’ aimed to give the voice of young people more prominence, stating ‘Youth is a voice of fearless hope, driven to shape the future’. The work was a snapshot of the hope and aspirations of youth and how participation in music is relevant and important to so many young people far beyond these concert performances, in all aspects of their lives.
Each evening featured a massed ensemble involving hundreds of young people from three music education hubs. These were yearlong, large-scale music projects, involving young people from different stages of their musical development. This year, performances were given by Hampshire, The Mighty Sky Choirs & Orchestra and Oval Learning Cluster. Each demonstrated innovative approaches to present their music-making projects on a national performance platform.
Esteemed guests included senior representatives from Arts Council England, the National Union of Teachers and Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education who said, “At the heart of this government’s commitment to extending opportunity is a belief that all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education – music and the arts are a key part of this. I am proud to support The Music for Youth Proms, which provides a fantastic opportunity to witness and celebrate the vast musical talent which can be found in our schools.”
The Prom concerts represented the diversity of music making across the UK all performed to an incredibly high standard. Judith Webster, Chief Executive of Music for Youth, said, “In these days of austerity and funding challenges for the arts, the Music for Youth Proms are the nation’s good news story – a snapshot of young people achieving incredible standards in music both in school settings and beyond. Participating musicians are from Music Services and schools nationwide, as well as those who are making music independently in their own garages and bedrooms”.
Take a look at some of the photos from the event below. Want to remember your experience at the Music for Youth Proms 2015?
Available now! For Official photos, DVDs, programmes, t-shirts and keyrings, visit www.mfy.org.uk/merch