- By Abi Jenkins
After a call-out in our May newsletter, Ros Mitchell got in touch with her #MyMFY story of playing in the first-ever Music for Youth Proms (formerly the Schools Prom) with Brighton Youth Orchestra back in 1975!
A mere 37 years later she was back at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012, but this time as a proud parent as her son Matthew, who has recently become President of the Manchester University Music Society, where he is studying for a degree in Music, took to the stage.
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"It was certainly one of my proudest moments as a young person to play in the Albert Hall on 4th November 1975, second bassoon in the Brighton Youth Orchestra, playing Prelude a l'apres - midi d'un faune. I had forgotten that this was the first ever Schools prom until we dug out the programme from the loft! We had competed in the National Festival of Music for Youth, won the Youth Orchestra section and enjoyed a trip to perform at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Performing Arts in Aberdeen in the very hot summer of 1975 as well as playing in the Royal Albert Hall. After leaving University I did not keep up my bassoon playing but I did encourage our children to play and had the wonderful experience of going back to the Albert Hall in 2012 to hear my son Matthew perform with Music For Youth in what must have been the 37th year of the Schools Prom, playing tenor horn in the Birmingham Schools Brass Band. I cannot claim to be playing my bassoon much at present but I have just had it serviced with the intention of playing more after I retire next year!"