The National Partnership Awards provide a unique opportunity for Music for Youth to match some of the talented musicians who perform at the National Festival with music industry partners. These partners are keen to welcome young musicians from across the country and offer them developmental music education experiences appropriate to the needs and circumstances of each group. The award sponsors represent some of the key players in the arts and music sector and have a wealth of knowledge to offer young musicians.
Two groups were nominated by our professional Music Mentors at the end of each main stage session at the National Festival 2016.
Music Mentors made nominations based on:
- Performance practice eg. quality of musicianship, commitment, stage presence, performance discipline
- Innovation and creativity eg. choice of repertoire, imaginative presentation, student composition
- Inclusive approach to performance eg. high quality whole group performance, inclusive project
Music for Youth considered all the nominations, and made the final selections with the award sponsors.
Music for Youth is grateful to the award sponsors, and hope that the activity programmes they present will inspire teachers, directors and most of all young musicians, leading to new partnership opportunities on an ongoing basis.
We are pleased to announce the following National Partnership Awards for 2016:
WESSEX YOUTH ORCHESTRA
ROMA BRIDGING SOUNDS ORCHESTRA
BEXLEY IMPROV GROUP
LEAMINGTON SPA, WARWICKSHIRE
MARK GOLDING (LEADER OF HAZLEHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL BRASS BAND)
ALL ALOUD CHOIR
HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
THE FAIRLANDS MIDDLE SCHOOL BRASS ENSEMBLE
STOCKPORT YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRA
National Partnership Awards 2015 - My Experience
In July 2015 Contours
, a jazz/ folk trio from Cornwall, performed in the World, Folk & Roots session of the Music for Youth National Festival and were later thrilled to receive a National Partnership Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union. After discussions with the MU to establish what would best suit their musical development, the group were given advice and guidance regarding potential careers, and offered four days in the Gighouse Recording Studios near Birmingham. Here they recorded, mixed and mastered their first EP. The young musicians are now planning to press copies and release the tracks, many of which are their own compositions, on iTunes and Spotify.
“Thank you to all those who made this possible; to Music for Youth for selecting us for the award and for introducing us to the Musicians’ Union, who in turn generously funded our entire experience and travel. And a special thank you to Joe Broughton who taught us so much about the recording process - the experience was incredible and we are extremely happy with what he has helped us to produce!”
Georgia Ellery, aged 18