To celebrate young people's musical achievements, and support their ongoing development, we are pleased to announce the MFY National Partnership Awards for 2014. In addition, two groups from each Festival session performing on a main stage will receive a Certificate of Achievement.


Certificates of Achievement

At each session during the Festival, Music Mentors will present two special Certificates of Achievement, one for Performance Practice and one for Innovation.

Performance Practice
This certificate rewards special achievement in the quality of musicianship, or an aspect of performance presentation that deserves particular acknowledgement.

This certificate is awarded for performances that are particularly imaginative, creative or inspiring.


Recipients of Certificates of Achievement

Recipients of Certificates of Achievement at the National Festival Birmingham 2014 were as follows.

Performance Practice Innovation
Walthamstow School for Girls Year 10 Steel Band:  "Sticks on Fire"
Panjazz International Steel Band
Mundo Afrika
Marshfield Primary Taiko
Junior Qegs
Warwickshire County Male Voices
Canzonetta - St Joseph's School
Coloma Junior Chamber Choir
St Cecilia Singers
Haven High Academy 6th Form Choir
Woodside Church of England Primary School Infant Choir
Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School Orchestra
St Martha's Mini Maestros
Homefield Composers Ensemble
Balcarras Chamber Choir
Borlase Gospel Choir
Richmond School Chamber Choir
TMC Gospel Choir
Egglescliffe School Senior Choir
Urban Voice
Northampton Youth Percussion Ensemble
Glantaf Duo
Crypt School Barbershop Quartet
Pembrokeshire Schools' Symphonic Brass
Truro College String Ensemble
Steel Strum
The Blue Coat School Brass Band
Wardle Academy Brass Band
Wardle Academy Wind Band
The High Arcal School Concert Band
St Aidan's Church of England High School Symphonic Wind Band
Glossopdale Community College Wind Band
Bernstein Project
The Spen Valley Troubadours
Bournemouth Youth Handbell Team
Bents Green Special Sounds
Croydon Youth Percussion Ensemble
The Varese Ensemble
Homefield Trio
Berkshire Maestros Newbury Music Centre Clarinet Choir
Centre for Young Musicians String Quartet B
Vuillaume Quartet
North Bedfordshire Youth Chamber Orchestra Wind Dectet
The Dragon Saxophone Choir
Bare Trees Community Band
Beaumaris Youth Band
Bromley Youth Concert Band
Carrick Winds
Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra
Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band
Truro Youth String Orchestra
Brighton String Ensemble with B&H Youth Dance Group
KMS Soul Band
The Rooz
Soul Patrol
City of Sheffield Senior Schools Orchestra and Intermediate Orchestra together with All Saints Catholic High School Percussionists
Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra
Bradford Youth Orchestra and Newby Primary School
Wessex Youth Orchestra
Northamptonshire County Youth Big Band
Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra
Northamptonshire School for Boys Big Band
Abraham Darby Academy Jazz Band
Take 4 + 6/8
Tomorrow's Warriors Female Collective
KMS Colne Valley Music Centre Senior Strings


MFY National Partnership Awards

MFY’s National Partnership Awards provide bespoke ‘red letter day’ experiences for commended groups of young musicians participating in National Festival Birmingham. See a full list of the recipients below. Keep up to date at

Birmingham Conservatoire logo

Kindly donated by Birmingham Conservatoire

Ensembles - Birmingham Schools’ Brass Ensemble
Award comprises: *coaching by the Conservatoire’s resident ensemble, *a performance within the Conservatoire, and attendance at a masterclass with a high-profile visiting musician as part of the Conservatoire’s public masterclass series.

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Kindly donated by London Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestras - Wigan Youth String Orchestra
Award comprises: *a day with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with an opportunity to meet the conductor and the LPO players, *performing side by side with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in either a school or family concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Kindly donated by The Musicians’ Union

Traditional & International - Highworth Folk Band
Award comprises: *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 interests.

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Kindly donated by The Royal Albert Hall

Infants & Juniors - New Bradwell School Choir
Award comprises: *a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall, *attendance at the Classical Spectacular Schools Matinee with a chance to meet the artists backstage.

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Kindly donated by The Royal Marines Band Service

Wind Bands - South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Band
Award comprises: *a day with the Royal Marines Band Service at their training centre in Portsmouth, which will include coaching/mentoring session with Royal Marines instructors, civilian professors, and full wind band rehearsals, *free tickets to see the Massed Bands in action at the 2015 Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rock, Pop & Urban - Amber
Award comprises: *a day at the Royal Northern College of Music working with students on the Popular Music degree programme, *a performance workshop with conservatoire students and tutors, *taking part in musicianship classes, and informal Q&A sessions with students and staff

Choirs - The Links Primary Schools Choir
Award comprises: *special workshop rehearsals or coaching sessions with THSH’s associate artists or visiting choirs,  *a special foyer performance in Symphony Hall’s Café Bar prior to a choral concert in Symphony Hall plus attendance at the evening concert

Brass Bands - Sponne Brass Band

Award comprises: *a special foyer performance in Symphony Hall’s Café Bar to coincide with a Brass Band Gala in Symphony Hall, *attendance at the gala concert in Symphony Hall.

Chamber - Gone with the Wind

Award comprises: *special workshop rehearsals or coaching sessions with a chamber group performing in Town Hall, *attendance at the linked chamber music concert in Town Hall

Jazz - The Groove Diggers
Award comprises: *a coaching/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.

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