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National Festival

The National Festival is a coming together of musicians, bands and ensembles from across the regions to perform together on world-class stages including Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and the CBSO Centre. It's a key date in the Music for Youth calendar, hosted by the city of Birmingham in July.  

Over 10,000 young musicians aged 4-21 from across the UK take part and musical groups and ensembles of all ages, styles, instruments and genres perform, with audience members encouraged to watch performances throughout the day. 

The festival shines a spotlight on the creativity and talents of young musicians and creates an atmosphere where ‘everyone’s a headliner.’ The festival supports the next generation of talented young musicians and gives them unforgettable performance opportunities on world-class stages.  

Related Qualification

Arts Award

The Arts Award is a framework developed by Arts Council England to help young people learn new skills and share them. Taking part in Music for Youth activity enables pupils to take part in the Discover, Explore and Bronze award levels. Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills 

MFY Invites

MFY Invites provides young musicians, who have participated in the MFY annual programme, the opportunity to perform at high-profile events that are hosted by our major sponsors, including the TUC annual Congress and the NEU conference. The MFY Invites programme is by invitation only. 

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