On 14th & 15th November, over 3,000 young musicians from across the UK will perform live on-stage at the Royal Albert Hall for two unforgettable nights of music in the biggest and most exciting Music for Youth Proms ever.
Amazing young musicians from over 100 schools will perform new music and traditional repertoire spanning multiple styles and genres on the iconic Royal Albert Hall stage. The gala concerts include orchestral classics, Irish dancing, concert bands, choirs, jazz, and pop bands. The diversity of the Music for Youth Proms showcases the breadth of talent being nurtured in schools across the UK thanks to inspirational music teachers.
The theme for the 2023 Proms and now a national campaign is titled ‘A Thank You Note’. It celebrates the life-changing impact of music teachers and how music unites us all. Musicians young and old, famous and emerging, will come together to thank the music teachers and mentors who have inspired them.
Thank You notes and video messages dedicated to inspirational music teachers will be shared throughout the Proms, on social media and in the national press as part of this major campaign. The ‘Thank You Note’ music has been composed and arranged by MFY ambassador, radio presenter and composer, Jack Pepper, taken from his musical ‘Duet’ about his own inspiring music teacher.
Phil Castang, Chief Executive of Music for Youth, said: “The Proms is always a highlight of Music for Youth’s year, but this year’s event is particularly special as we recognise not only the incredible talent of young musicians, but the extraordinary influence of music teachers from across the country. Music teachers transform lives and empower young people in ways that stay with them for life, so we wanted to provide students with an opportunity to express their gratitude on a grand scale.”
Jack Pepper, Music for Youth Ambassador, said: “This is a hugely personal campaign for me - a tribute to my own piano teacher, who turns 80 next year, and who has inspired a new musical from which the campaign song, In Tune, is taken. We want to celebrate the unsung heroes of music education - the support structures around our young people, the little-publicised names behind famous musicians, these real-life dream makers who give young people vital confidence as much as they do technical expertise. This will be MFY’s biggest undertaking in its 50 year-plus history and we can’t wait to get started. Nothing brings us together more than music - let’s celebrate those who make that possible.”
There are more ways than ever before to get involved in the Proms. Any style of musical group can sign up to form part of the largest ever massed ensemble that Music for Youth has produced. Families can sign up to sing together in a ‘Family Chorus’, and there will be a call-out for a solo pianist to open the show on both nights.
Let’s celebrate music teachers: How you can support the campaign
This celebration is all about the incredible impact that music teachers have on our lives. From igniting a passion for music to helping us find our voice, these amazing educators truly change lives. Music has the power to bring together people from all walks of life, creating a sense of unity and connection. Join us in celebrating these incredible teachers and the transformative power of music by:
Music For Youth’s vision is for every young person in the UK to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential through performing the music they love. The charity works with 40,000 young people every year.