Last night I was a guest of Editorial Intelligence at the Albert Hall for the Music for Youth’s Proms and it was amazing to think that it was an evening of music by talented children varying in age from seven to twenty one, it was magnificent.
It was also so encouraging to see all these children from different parts of the UK and different walks of life coming together to perform for the first time.
The Music for Youth Proms runs over three nights, it is also an opportunity for Classic FM one of the sponsors and who MC’s the events to present the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards. Six categories shared over the three nights and we were lucky enough to witness the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Matthew Haworth from Egglescliffe and, then Special Education Needs Teacher Emily Walker of Carew Manor School.
The evening kicked off with ‘Mammoth Sound’ which was a perfect opening as they sung about London Town. Then, into ‘Ripple Escola De Samba’, the youngest group of the evening with such rhyme and some great moves, it really set the scene for the evening ahead.
From choirs singing in Welsh, to a Carnatic Ensemble and Huddersfield Fusion, which consisted of over 510 students. One of my many high lights, were ‘Flats and Sharps’ from Penzance, who played Bluegrass and Folk and were great brilliant, pure entertainment to end the first half, and I could certainly see them at an event I am organising in the future.
Other highlights were ‘Egglesfield School Brass Band’ from Stockton-on –Tees, they were just amazing. ‘Bells Angels’ brought a tear to my eyes, as these children have learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. So, with the bells they gave us a rendition of Run by Snow Patrol and Baby by Justin Bieber and I can therefore see why Emily Walker who got an award.
‘Fourtissimo’ were really uplifting and again I had to remind myself they were fourteen to eighteen years old. They took me off to Africa and reminded me of tribal music and the bush, it was just easy listening to get lost too.
And then the finale of finale’s, again children from thirteen to eighteen from’ Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra’ made the evening, they saved the best to last as they say. It was the ‘Pines of Rome’ by Respighi and it was so romantic, I felt as if I could have been watching a movie and they were the sound track, as I visualised the woods and the nightingales. It was truly breath taking.
The whole evening was lovely and I felt honoured to be in a box at the Albert Hall listening to these talented children as they could certainly give contestants on X Factor a run for their money.
For more information of Music for Youth do check out the website at www.mfy.org.uk.