5 July 2013


Symphony Hall

Wind Bands

Session Times
10:30-13:30 (School)
14:30-16:50 (Music Centre & Open)
17:20-19:30 (Music Centre & Open)

Feedback Times
12:50-13:30 (School)
16:20-16:50 (Music Centre & Open)
19:05-19:30 (Music Centre & Open)

Time Limit
12 minutes 

Abraham Darby Academy Showband
Glossopdale Community College Wind Band
High Arcal Senior Concert Band
Highgate School Symphonic Band
Mountbatten Wind Band
Northampton School for Boys Symphonic Winds
Springwood High School Concert Band
St Aidan’s Symphonic Wind Band

Music Centre & Open
Aylesbury Music Centre Concert Band
Bromley Youth Concert Band
Bury Youth Concert Band
Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra
Greater Gwent Youth Symphonic Winds
Newport Music Centre Senior Wind Band
Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band
Oldham Youth Wind Band
Rochdale Concert Band
Sefton Wind Orchestra
Swindon Young Musicians Senior Wind Orchestra
Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre Festival Band

Music Mentors
Keith Hewson
Ben Woodgate

Adrian Boult Hall

Traditional & International

Session Times

Feedback Times

Time Limit
10 minutes 

Beckfoot Samba Band
Belfast Royal Academy Irish Traditional Music Group
CBC Ensemble
Chestnut Grove Academy Steel Pans
Chwarae Teg (GMSS)
Highworth Folk Band
IAMS Junior Steel Pans Group
Kagemusha Junior Taiko
Lady Lumley's School Ensemble
North Tyneside Steelband
Oku Nojo Daiko (North East Hampshire Area Schools Taiko)
Oxford Youth Gamelan
Pimlico Academy Steel Orchestra
Salford Carnival Crew
Steel S.I.L.C
That's all Folk!
The Beards
The Castle School Steelband
TLA Small Steelband
Wadham Steel Drummers

Music Mentors
Damien Harron
Dave Milligan

Recital Hall


Session Times

Feedback Times

Time Limit
12 minutes 

Atkinson String Quartet
Black Dyke Youth Trombone Quartet
Box of Frogs
Carleon Comprehensive School Brass Quintet
Cheddar Valley Music Club Brass Quartet
Churchill Academy Piano Quintet
CYM Theodora Piano Trio
Dragon Piano Trio
Exeter School Saxophone Quartet
EYSO Wind Quintet
L'anno Scorso
Original 5
St Albans Suzuki Group
Taunton's Trumpets
TGI Dectet
The Adolphe Sax Quartet
The Dragon Saxophone Quartet
The Hampshire String Quartet
The Junior Original Chamber Ensemble
The Klose Clarinet Quartet
The Original Octet
WHS Year 6 Trio
WM&AC Brass Farthings Trio

Music Mentors
Gwyn Parry-Jones
Alison Walker

Town Hall

Rock, Pop & Urban


Session Times

Feedback Times

Time Limit
10 minutes 

Arts Live - Rock Band
Broken Subjects
Lucy Hodson & Emily Fox
Soul Patrol
The Benefits
The Debuts
The Door to Door Salesmen
The Hourglass Has Turned
The Skellies
The Zappa Project
Unit 6
Weekend Rescue
Wyvern Soul Band

Music Mentors
John Evans
Rob Farrer
Andy Stott

Symbol Key
= For groups from MFY's 2013 season
= For groups from MFY's 2013 season and new groups

Creative Composition Workshop

Time   11:00 - 12:30
Where   New Lecture Theatre (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Who for  
Max participants   60

This composition workshop will focus on creating original music together as a group in the most practical and enjoyable way. Led by Joe Broughton, a renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer of great energy, this session will start with learning some very simple ideas by ear (no previous experience necessary!) then growing them into a full piece devised collectively. It might not be the way that Mahler did it but it is the way half the world’s musicians work - bouncing ideas off each other, everyone feeding into a central melting pot. Joe enjoys mixing a whole range of styles together from raucous brass riffs and wild drummers to every section of the orchestra to create a happening concoction.



Morning Time   11:00 - 12:30
Afternoon Time   14:30 - 16:00
Where   Conservatoire / Town Hall
Who for   Young people interested in working or being involved in the music industry from all genres

Universal Music is the UK’s leading music company, with every genre of music represented across their labels which include Island, Polydor, Mercury and Decca. Home to artists like Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Mumford & Sons, Elbow, international superstars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, and to classical giants such as Renee Fleming and Daniel Barenboim along with young stars Janine Jansen and Nicola Benedetti.

Universal Utalk sessions are designed to give people interested in working in music the chance to throw questions at those working on the front line of the music industry. So come and hear from Universal’s expert panels at the National Festival, armed with your questions so you can get the most out of the session and find out top tips on what it is like to work in music on both sides of the stage.


'Milan' - A Meeting of Jazz & Indian Music - SAMYO & NYJC

Time   11:00 - 13:00
Where   Lecture Room 1b (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Who for   Young people aged 11-18
Max participants   30

National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) and the South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO) invite all young musicians interested in improvisation to come together to their ‘Milan’ (meeting) sessions, designed for improvisers of all levels of ability.

Led by NYJC’s Executive Artistic Director, Issie Barratt and SAMYO’s conductor, Gaurav Mazumdar, participants will experience these two fascinating and highly creative music cultures as they blend to create a whole new adventure in collective improvisation.


'Milan' - A Meeting of Jazz & Indian Music - In Performance - SAMYO / NYJC

Time   13:45 - 14:15
Where   Adrian Boult Hall
Who for   General Audience
Max audience   500

South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO) and the National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) share their work together in a short demonstration performance of original and collaboratively written music , showing how they blend two fascinating and highly creative music cultures of original and collaboratively written music.


Indian Rhythm Session with SAMYO

Time   15:00 - 17:00
Where   Lecture Room 1b (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Who for   Percussionists of any background. Beginners are also welcome
Max participants   20

Indian rhythms are exciting, melodious and have a language of their own. In this session, led by one of SAMYO’s world- renowned Indian percussionists, you will have the chance to try out Indian drums and rhythm patterns and explore the language of Indian percussion.

You will hear a live demonstration by musicians from the South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO), before trying out some patterns and instruments for yourself. Bring your own instrument, or try out the tabla or mridangam during the session.


Practical Composition - Top 10 Tips

Time   15:00 - 17:00
Where   Seminar Room (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Who for   Young composers
Max participants   10

2013 sees the launch of MFY’s exciting new Young Artist Development Programme, where we aim to support student composers from all musical backgrounds. Please consider whether you have any such students within your performing groups who might want to sign up for this session.

Ever sat looking at a computer screen or a blank piece of manuscript paper struggling to think of an idea? Do your compositions always seem to come out sounding similar to each other? Are you enjoying composing but want to get one step ahead by getting some inspiration from a professional? Then this workshop could be for young composers.

Composer, Joe Broughton, will take you through his own top tips for not getting stuck, ways into different styles of music, a few thoughts on why we write music and finding inspiration and starting points to give your writing variety and originality. Joe will also cover some of the fundamental techniques he has found to be the most useful as a professional composer. As a teacher at Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and for many workshop weeks across Europe, Joe is known for his enthusiasm and humour so you should be able to pick up some useful technical information on compositional approaches without getting a headache!

Joe Broughton, composer, has written sound tracks for independent films, as well as pieces in every style you can think of for bands and small ensembles that have performed on the major stages of the world everywhere from America to Italy, Spain, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia and back to the Royal Albert Hall!


MU Careers in Music - Drop-in Surgeries

Time   Drop in sessions throughout the day from 10am
Where   Level 3 Foyer, Symphony Hall
Who for  
Max participants   n/a

These MU drop in surgeries provide an opportunity to discuss anything to do with music careers, being a professional musician and working in the music industry. Also take advantage of £20 student membership to access all the benefits and services of being in the MU.


Festival Tent (Sponsored by NUT)

Time   11:00 - 14:00 & 15:00 - 18:00
Where   Centenary Square
Who for  

The Festival Tent is a great opportunity to perform in a more informal setting. Each group will have 10 minutes so why not showcase your musical talent to the people of Birmingham?


Ikon Lunchtime Performance

Time   13:30 - 13:50
Where   Ikon Gallery
Who for   National Festival main stage performers (who do not require amplification)
Max participants   A group of approximately 5 young musicians

A unique opportunity to perform outside the main stages and showcase your musical talent at an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue just near Symphony Hall!


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