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Two groups from the Music for Youth season performed at the Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences last month in Brighton and Glasgow. The performances took place as part of Music for Youth’s series of Showcase events, which offer performance opportunities to young musicians at major public events. Both performances were made possible by the NUT.
The Swingin’ Saints took to the stage of the NUT reception at Brighton’s Metropole hotel following the Labour party conference. The Swingin’ Saints are a jazz band comprised of young musicians between 13 and 21 who have all attended St Philip Howard Catholic High School, a co-educational Comprehensive school in Barnham, West Sussex. The group are a regular fixture in their local community, frequently performing at charity events in Sussex.
Midlothian Schools Jazz Combo had Liberal Democrat conference delegates up and dancing as part of their performance at the Glasgow Hilton for the NUT reception. The combo is a flexible ensemble of young musicians drawn from the Midlothian Schools Big Band. Their enthusiasm for performing has led them to regularly take part in concerts in Midlothian, and this autumn they will be on tour to Hungary.
MFY will be continuing its season of showcase events with Trinity Saxophone Quartet performing in the Café Consort at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 28 November as a part of the Junior ignite series.