Call for Submissions - Massed Ensemble Performance at Schools Prom 2013

Date Published:20 December 2012
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About MFY
Founded in 1970, Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing performance opportunities for young people aged 21 and under, through an annual season of nationwide festivals and concerts. MFY celebrates the breadth of music-making by young people both in and out of school and its season is designed to encourage and inspire musicians at every level of experience, in a supportive environment.

Schools Prom Concerts and Massed Ensembles
Three Schools Prom concerts, held annually at London’s Royal Albert Hall, are the culmination of the MFY season and showcase high-quality performances from some of the UK’s most creative, innovative and energetic young musicians. Each year approximately 3,000 young musicians are invited to perform over the three nights. About half of them have been invited as a result of their performances at MFY National Festivals earlier in the year. The other half are involved in Massed Ensemble performances.

Music for Youth showcases one ‘Massed Ensemble’ performance at each concert. These large scale projects are the way in which we can support innovation, ambition and good practice. They involve a wider range of young musicians than those who are there as a result of their performances in our core season of Regional and National Festivals. Massed Ensemble performances provide an opportunity for a particular region of the country to showcase its locally produced work on a national stage.

An Invitation
This invitation is to music education providers across the country to submit any large scale performance projects you are currently planning for 2013, for consideration as one of the 2013 Schools Prom Massed Ensemble performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

What we would like to support

  1. Innovative work – eg type of repertoire, way of working, performance practice, mix of participants etc
  2. Collaborations between different groups (any age, between 4 and 21 years)
  3. Good practice in teaching and learning, as demonstrated in the live performance
  4. Opportunities for young people to take part in something beyond their normal experience, meet young musicians they would not otherwise meet and work with artists they would not otherwise have had the opportunity to work with. We are interested in showcasing the work of a wide group of young people, not just the very best performers.

What to do next
If you would like your project to be considered for inclusion in one of the 2013 Schools Prom concerts, please send us a short outline of your project (no more than two pages), taking account of the criteria and key facts outlined on the following page, and demonstrating how your project matches what we would like to support.

Project proposals should be emailed to : Judith Webster at judith@mfy.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 14 January.

We will contact potential project partners to discuss the details of your project and its suitability during the week commencing 14 January, with a viewing to confirming the Massed Ensemble 2013 projects by 30 January. Thank you for your interest.

Judith Webster
Chief Executive

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