National Festival

Symphony Hall, Town Hall, CBSO Centre

Time (Daily)
09:30 - 19:30

Please note:

This event takes place annually in July. More information about National Festival 2018 will be made available closer to the time.

 

National Festival

A five-day feast of live music! Hear the very best brass, classical, folk, choral and contemporary renditions from the UK’s leading young musicians.

Open to the public, every July around 8,000 of the UK’s brightest young musicians perform at world class venues and city-centre locations across Birmingham as part of the annual Music for Youth National Festival!

National Festival is now over for another year!  A massive thank you and well done to everyone who took part and joined us for a fantastic five days!

As we process all of the fantastic feedback and begin to programme the MFY Proms for 2017 we will be in touch with groups' invitations in September.

Want to take part in the Festival in 2018? Registrations for our Regional Festivals, which feed in to our annual National Festival, will open in October. so sign up to be notified when that happens.

 

Sponsors

The full programme for Music for Youth National Festival 2017

Details about all of this year's fantastic Festival Fringe workshops and performance opportunities are over at Festival Fringe!

Infants & Juniors - Symphony hall

  • Tuesday 4 July
  • Symphony Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 10 mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Infants & Juniors - Symphony Hall

  • Session 1: 10:15 - 13:30
    Feedback: 12:55 - 13:30

    Session 2: 14:30 - 17:45
    Feedback: 17:10 - 17:45

Orchestra - School - Town Hall

  • Tuesday 4 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 15 mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Orchestra - School - Town Hall

  • Session 1: 10:30 - 13:30
    Feedback: 12:55 - 13:30

Orchestra - String & Chamber - Town Hall

  • Tuesday 4 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 15 mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Orchestra - String & Chamber - Town Hall

  • Session 1: 14:30 - 17:30
    Feedback: 16:55 - 17:30
 

Choirs - Symphony Hall

  • Wednesday 5 July
  • Symphony Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Choirs - Symphony Hall

  • Session 1: 10:30 - 13:30
    Feedback: 13:00 - 13:30

    Session 2: 14:30 - 16:45
    Feedback: 16:15 - 16:45

    Session 3: 17:15 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:00 - 19:30

NUT / Infinity LIVE

    • Tuesday 5 July
    • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
    • CBSO Centre
      Justham
    • Led by: Richard Frostick
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Infinity LIVE is a music workshop based on the Back to Bass resource. Bring your class to this special day of music making, which will include:

  • A hands-on music workshop in the CBSO Centre led by Richard Frostick - teacher, workshop leader and choral director. This will involve classes preparing a short musical phrase or rhythm in advance of the event that will be used in the workshop.
  • Tickets to Music for Youth's National Festival where you can hear groups of inspiring young musicians perform in Birmingham's most prestigious concert halls. This could either be watching some of the UK’s most exciting choirs in Symphony Hall or New Music composed by young people being performed in Symphony Hall.

 

 

 

New Music Stage - CBSO Centre

  • Wednesday 5 July
  • CBSO Centre
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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New Music Stage - CBSO Centre

  • Session 1: 15:15 - 17:10
    Feedback: 16:45 - 17:10

 

Percussion Ensemble - CBSO Centre

  • Wednesday 5 July
  • CBSO Centre
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 10mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Percussion Ensemble - CBSO Centre

  • Session 1: 17:35 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:05 - 19:30

 

 

 

Brass / Wind Bands - School -  Symphony Hall

  • Thursday 6 July
  • Symphony Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Brass / Wind Bands - School -  Symphony Hall

  • Session 1 (Brass): 10:30 - 13:35
    Feedback: 13:00 - 13:35

 

  • Session 2 (Wind): 14:30 - 16:50
    Feedback: 16:20 - 16:50

    Session 3 (Wind): 17:15 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:00 - 19:30

Choirs - Town Hall

  • Thursday 6 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Choirs - Town Hall

  • Session 1: 10:30 - 13:30
    Feedback: 13:00 - 13:30

 

  • Session 2: 14:30 - 16:45
    Feedback: 16:15 - 16:45

    Session 3: 17:15 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:00 - 19:30

Ensembles - CBSO Centre

  • Thursday 6 July
  • CBSO Centre
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Ensembles - CBSO Centre

  • Session 1: 10:15 - 13:30
    Feedback: 13:00 - 13:30

    Session 2: 14:30 - 16:45
    Feedback: 16:15 - 16:45

    Session 3: 17:15 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:00 - 19:30
 

Brass / Wind Bands - Music Centre / Open - Symphony Hall

  • Friday 7 July
  • Symphony Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Brass / Wind Bands - Music Centre / Open - Symphony Hall

  • Session 1: 10:15 - 13:35
    Feedback: 13:00 - 13:35

 

  • Session 2 (Wind): 14:30 - 16:50
    Feedback: 16:20 - 16:50

    Session 3 (Wind): 17:15 - 19:30
    Feedback: 19:00 - 19:30

Ensembles - Town Hall

  • Friday 7 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Ensembles - Town Hall

  • Session Time: 10:15 - 12:15
    Feedback: 11:45 - 12:15

World, Folk & Roots - CBSO Centre

  • Friday 7 July
  • CBSO Centre
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 10mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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World, Folk and Roots - CBSO Centre

  • Session 1: 10:30 - 13:10
    Feedback: 12:35 - 13:10

    Session 2 (Steel Pans): 14:15 - 16:50
    Feedback: 16:20 - 16:50

    Session 3: 17:15 - 19:15
    Feedback: 18:50 - 19:15


 

Jazz - Town Hall

  • Friday 7 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Jazz - Town Hall

  • Session 1 (Jazz, School): 13:00 - 16:00
    Feedback: 15:30 - 16:00 

 

  • Session 2 (Jazz, Combos & Ensembles): 17:00 - 19:00
    NB. feedback for this session will be given to groups backstage

 

  • Session 3 (Jazz, MC & Open): 19:30 - 21:30
    NB. feedback for this session will be given to groups backstage

Join award winning alto-saxophonist and MC, Soweto Kinch, for a spectacular evening of jazz at the Town Hall. Relax in cabaret style seating as Soweto presents and performs alongside some of the UK’s best young jazz combos and big bands who are in Birmingham as part of the annual Music for Youth National Festival. Book Tickets

 

Orchestras - Music Centre / Open - Symphony hall

  • Saturday 8 July
  • Symphony Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 20mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Orchestras - Music Centre / Open - Symphony hall

  • Session 1: 10:30 - 13:35
    Feedback: 13:05 - 13:35

    Session 2: 14:35 - 18:05
    Feedback: 17:35 - 18:05

Ensembles - Town hall

  • Saturday 8 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Ensembles - Town Hall

  • Session Time: 10:15 - 12:15
    Feedback: 11:45 - 12:15

Chamber / Ensembles - CBSO Centre

    • Saturday 8 July
    • CBSO Centre
    • Music Mentors: TBC
    • Time limit per group: 12mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Chamber - CBSO Centre

  • Session 1: 10:15 - 13:15
    Feedback: 12:45 - 13:15

  • Session 2: 14:00 - 16:15
    Feedback: 15:45 - 16:15

    Session 3: 16:30 - 18:30
    Feedback: 18:00 - 18:30

Rock, Pop, Funk & Soul - Town hall

  • Saturday 8 July
  • Town Hall
  • Music Mentors: TBC
  • Time limit per group: 10mins

Audience tickets on sale.

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Rock, Pop, Funk & Soul - Town Hall

  • Session 1: 15:30 - 17:15 
    Feedback: 16:45 - 17:15

    Session 2: 17:45 - 19:45
    NB. feedback for this session will be given to groups back stage

Been there, done that. Now for the proof!

Official Merchandise

The Music for Youth National Festival was an unforgettable experience, with over 9,000 young musicians performing fantastic music across world class stages.

Take the memories home with you as the proud owner of some official Music for Youth National Festival 2017 merchandise! 

Missed out? Order now to make sure you get yours! Email merch@mfy.org.uk with item(s) quantities and size(s) and where you would like the items delivered.

Music for Youth National festival t-shirt - front, black

Front of t-shirt

National Festival 2017 T-shirt - black, back

Back of t-shirt

T-shirt £15

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large

Music for Youth National Festival 2017 - Badge set

Badges (4 pack) £3.50

Music for Youth National Festival 2017 Tote bag

Tote bag £10

Pop-Up Trade Stands

Meet and speak to leading music organisations and professionals at one of the Pop-Up Trade Stands at Main Stage venues across the National Festival.

Below are just some of the fantastic music organisations that were represented at the National Festival 2017.

Professional Photos from Splaat Media

This year we’ve partnered with Splaat Media to photograph all National Festival Main Stage performances. These photos were displayed in the venue foyer for immediate purchase following the Music Mentor feedback at the end of each session and are now available for purchase at www.splaatmedia.co.uk/shop

Every purchase you make supports other young musicians through Music for Youth’s annual programme.Splaat Media Display Board