Thursday | Festival Fringe

There's lots to see and do in our Festival Fringe!

Advanced booking required - Deadline: Tuesday 10 May.

  • WORKSHOPS - Browse the range of workshops available each day, led by professional musicians and leading arts organisations - there is something for everyone!
  • SATELLITE STAGES - Register to perform! - If you performed in our Regional Festival Series earlier this year, you could perform on one of our satellite stages across the city, including the Festival Tent.



  • Thursday 7 July
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • ICC Hall 11,
    Symphony Hall
  • Led by:
  • WO2 KARL LONG RM, Bandmaster, Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth // BdCSgt JAMES PARKINSON RM
  • Suitable for wind and brass players, aged 11 and above
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Oversubscribed

Musicians from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth will direct a rehearsal for wind bands. Young players will get a feel for what it is like to work in a professional band. As part of a structured rehearsal, they will meet professional musicians who will guide them through some light repertoire, providing a high quality musical experience and shared sense of achievement.

Session 1: 10:30 - 11:30

Session 2: 14:30 - 15:30

Delivered in partnership with:
Royal Marines Band Service

The Royal Marines Band Service is one of the finest military music organisations in the world, offering training to the highest standards including a fully funded BMus degree programme. RM Musicians travel the globe playing on some of the world’s biggest stages.

Urban Folk Workshop with Joe Broughton

  • Thursday 7 July
  • Morning and Afternoon Sessions
  • Level 5a Foyer
    Symphony Hall
  • Led by:
  • Joe Broughton
  • Suitable for instrumentalists of any ability
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Oversubscribed

Joe Broughton, composer and multi-instrumentalist, with percussionist Tom Chapman, from the Urban Folk Quartet, lead high energy workshops of spontaneous improvising, composing, and devising which bring together musicians from across the festival. A long-standing friend of Music for Youth, Joe will be known to many for his passionate playing, his energy, drive and sheer love of making music, and his ability to inspire everyone he works with. This workshop is open to anyone who loves trying new things, and is not to be missed.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Broughton tours the world with his Urban Folk Quartet, teaches composition at Birmingham Conservatoire and directs their Folk Ensemble of over 80 musicians. In 2015, he was MFY Artist in Residence and was commissioned to write a new finale for the Music for Youth Proms.

Session 1: 11:45 - 13:00

Session 2: 15:45 - 17:00

Satellite Stages

Register For Your Satellite Stage Performance!

Whether or not you are performing on a main stage, all groups who took part in the MFY Regional Festival Series 2016, can register their interest to perform on one of the following Satellite Stages.

  1. Festival Tent, Centenary Square: Tuesday - Saturday
  2. Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer: Thursday (various times)
  3. Caffé Nero (Brindleyplace): Wednesday - Friday
  4. Brindleyplace Bandstand: Friday
  5. The Rep Theatre Foyer: Friday
  6. Register now » More info about the stages »

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