Music for Youth celebrates inclusion, accessibility & diversity: Massed Ensembles announced for MFY Proms 2018

  • 27/09/18
  • By Music for Youth

Joining a stellar line-up of fantastic young musicians at the Music for Youth Proms 2018 this November, Music for Youth is very excited to announce this year’s Massed Ensemble performance projects!

Massed Ensembles are large-scale collaborative works from different areas of the UK that support innovation, inclusivity, ambition and good practice, and showcase the successes of local partners and organisations working together, on a national stage.

These events are one of the cornerstones of the MFY Proms and involve around half of the 1,000 young musicians who perform each night. This year, the programme champions young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We're thrilled to announce that the Massed Ensembles performing at this year’s Music for Youth Proms are as follows:


Monday 5th November

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), SoundStorm Music Education Agency, Southampton Music Hub and Isle of Wight Music Hub Massed Ensemble  

Project: Symphony 125

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is working in partnership with three music
education hubs – SoundStorm (Bournemouth and Poole), Southampton & Isle of Wight – to form
one of the largest, and most varied Massed Ensembles ever. To commemorate its 125th anniversary in 2018, BSO will be performing a special arrangement of a new commission in partnership with SoundStorm and composer James Redwood. BSO is hosting two SEND schools as part of the Massed Ensemble, which include members of the
National Open Youth Orchestra project, the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra


Tuesday 6th November

Leicestershire Schools Music Service Massed Ensemble

Project: Legend of the Sky, The Griffin of Griffydam 

2018 marks Leicestershire Schools Music Service’s (LSMS) 70th anniversary, and they will be performing a new commission by composer Fraser Trainer who has been working creatively with musicians and schools this year, incorporating their own ideas into the performance. The piece has an emphasis on bringing together young musicians from diverse genres and cultures, incorporating Indian instruments, western classical instruments, steel pans and voice. Players and singers are working in partnership leading up to the event with the Philharmonia, lyricist Hazel Gould, sitar player Roopa Panesar and professional Indian classical musicians from Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.


Wednesday 7th November

Oxfordshire County Music Service (OCMS) Massed Ensemble

Project: Together

Fifty percent (around 300 young people) of (OCMS) Massed Ensemble will be SEND instrumentalists and singers, working with special schools and youth arts organisations in the local area as part of a buddying project in which there will be workshops (led by OCMS) to bring both mainstream and SEND musicians together. Part of the OCMS performance will be a new composition with melodic and rhythmic themes written by the students themselves and conducted by John Lubbock, founder and conductor of Orchestra of St. John’s and staunch advocate of bringing live music to children with SEND.


Tickets to experience these mammoth collaborations in all their glory live on the Royal Albert Hall stage are available now through the Royal Albert Hall Box Office online or by calling 020 7589 8212.

To see the full MFY Proms line-up of fantastic young groups for each of the three nights, head to our MFY Proms page




Notes to Editors


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, SoundStorm Music Education Agency,
Southampton Music Hub and Isle of Wight Music Hub
Project: Symphony 125
Date of performance: Monday 5th November

Leicestershire Schools Music Service
Project: Legend of the Sky, The Griffin of Griffydam
Date of performance: Tuesday 6th November

Oxfordshire County Music Service
Project: Together
Date of performance: Wednesday 7th November

Music for Youth
Founded in 1970, and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Music for Youth (MFY) is a national
youth music charity that provides free opportunities to both perform and experience live music, for
over 60,000 young people aged 21 and under annually, through an annual season of nationwide
festivals, concerts and tailored projects.
MFY offers young people the opportunity to perform live in a supportive, non-competitive environment
as part of festivals and events across the UK, celebrating and supporting the breadth of musicmaking
by young people both in and out of schools and music hubs. MFY stages a series of free
concerts, performed by young people for young people, providing first-hand experience of live musicmaking.

Major Sponsors: National Education Union, Royal Albert Hall
Sponsors: Vivendi, PPL, Musicians’ Union, Unity Trust Bank, Trinity College London
With funding from Arts Council England, Department for Education, Creative Scotland, Department of
Education for Northern Ireland
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For any enquiries:
Elizabeth Townsend
+44 (0)203 422 3344


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