Massed Ensemble Projects 2019: Call for Proposals!

  • 29/10/18

Massed Ensemble Performance Projects for 2019: Call for proposals!

Each year, Music for Youth presents Massed Ensemble Performance Projects at each of its spectacular MFY Proms showcase concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall in November. The concerts showcase exceptional performances from some of the UK’s most creative, innovative and accomplished young musicians. They provide a snapshot of good practice in music teaching and learning currently taking place across the country. Massed Ensemble performance projects are the cornerstone of the Prom concerts, involving around half of each night’s 1,000 young performers.

In 2019, Music for Youth will also be offering Massed Ensemble performance opportunities at the MFY National Festival in Birmingham’s Town Hall in July. These will be slightly smaller scale, and will be scheduled during the daytime, enabling participants to take part in other activities during the Festival.


Through these large-scale projects, MFY aims to offer opportunities to a broad range of young people and ability levels, directly tackling diversity and inclusion, supporting innovation, ambition and good practice and presenting regional partnerships on national stages.


Call for Proposals

Music education providers and arts organisations are invited to submit Massed Ensemble Performance Project proposals for the MFY National Festival in July 2019, and for the MFY Prom concerts in November 2019.


What we would like to support

  1. Innovation – e.g. repertoire approach, way of working, performance practice, use of technology

  2. Collaborations between different groups (any age, between 4 and 21 years)

  3. Good practice in teaching and learning, as demonstrated in the performance

  4. Opportunities for young people to take part in something beyond their normal experience, meet young musicians they would not otherwise meet and work with artists they would not otherwise have had the opportunity to work with. We are interested in presenting the work of a wide group of young people, not just the very best performers.

  5. Audience development – active involvement in securing an audience for your performance


To apply

Please complete the online application form, taking account of the criteria and key facts outlined In the Guidance for Applicants and demonstrating how your project matches what we would like to support.


Deadline for proposals: 12 noon, Monday 26 November.

If you have any queries about the application process, please email Liz Coomb, Head of Programmes, at


We will contact shortlisted organisations to arrange a telephone interview to discuss the details of your project during the week commencing 26 November, with interviews scheduled on 3, 4, 5 December.  Massed Ensemble Performance Projects for 2019 will be confirmed by 14 December.


Music for Youth welcomes proposals from existing partners, as well as from organisations we have not worked with previously.


We look forward to reading your proposals!