PRESS RELEASE - London Primary Prom Wednesday 10 October 2012, Royal Albert Hall

Date Published:8 October 2012
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7,500 young Londoners will attend two free music concerts on Wednesday 10 October at the Royal Albert Hall, organised by national music education charity Music for Youth in partnership with the Royal Albert Hall.  Presented by children’s television presenter Barney Harwood, the concerts, between 10.45am-12.15pm and 2.00pm-3.30pm, will provide first-hand experience of live music-making. 

Performed by young people for young people, the audience will watch performances by St Benedict’s Electro Percussion Ensemble, Inner Voices, Parkwood Hall Steel Band, The TradLads and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, alongside marimba solos from Josh Kellie and Matt Farthing, winners of this year’s Junior Guildhall National Tuned Percussion Competition. 

The audience will also be able to join the action with the concert finale - a massed performance of Jigsaw Jam, led by its composer Sarah Watts.  Jigsaw Jam is a fun new piece, commissioned by MFY for its 2012 season, celebrating the first achievements of learning an instrument.  Jigsaw Jam is sponsored by Vivendi Create Joy and supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Kevin Mayhew Publishers.

The concert is part of MFY’s Primary Prom Series and follows Primary Prom concerts earlier this year at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, St George’s Hall, Bradford and Colston Hall, Bristol.  

Judith Webster, Chief Executive of Music for Youth said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Royal Albert Hall for our London Primary Prom concerts.  These events give thousands of young Londoners the opportunity to experience a range of high quality live music performed by other young people in this world class venue.” 

The Music for Youth season inspires, challenges, excites and educates.  

St Benedict’s Electro Percussion Ensemble
Members: 5 / Age: 11-18 / St Benedict's Junior School, Ealing
Inner Voices
Members: 50 / Age: 11-18 / Lambeth, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham
Parkwood Hall Steel Band
Members: 40 / Age: 10-19 / Parkwood Hall School, Swanley, Kent 
The TradLads
Members: 8 / Age: 16-17 / Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford, Kent 
London Schools Symphony Orchestra 
Members: 80 / Age: 13-18 / London

Notes to editor
For more information about the Primary Proms or Music for Youth please contact: 
Emma Lee - 020 7759 1839 / emma@mfy.org.uk 

Music for Youth 
Founded in 1970, Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free performance opportunities for young people aged 21 and under through an annual season of nationwide festivals and concerts. 

MFY offers young people the opportunity to perform live in a supportive environment in festivals across the UK, celebrating and supporting the breadth of music-making by young people both in and out of school.  In addition MFY stages a series of free concerts, performed by young people for young people, providing first-hand experience of live music-making.

Major Sponsors National Union of Teachers, Times Educational Supplement, Royal Albert Hall
Sponsors ABRSM, Vivendi
Rock, Pop & Urban Sponsor Rockschool
With funding from Department for Education, Youth Music, Creative Scotland 

For more information, please visit www.mfy.org.uk   
Registered charity number: 285831

Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.

For more information, please visit www.royalalberthall.com 
Registered charity number: 254543

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