Celebrating young musicians at the Schools Prom

The Royal Albert Hall, yesterday

Last night I had the privilege of attending the first of this year’s three Music For Youth Schools Prom concerts. Every November, more than 3,000 young musicians from schools around the United Kingdom come together to put on a series of three concerts showcasing the remarkable breadth and depth of music making that goes on in our schools.

The programme for each concert is different, so I don’t know exactly what will be on offer tonight or tomorrow night, but last night the capacity crowd was very much entertained by massed choirs, Bhangra beats, chamber choirs, community bands, guitar trios, and jazz ensembles. A truly eclectic programme that shows that music making in schools is still very much alive and well!

I was attending the concert because Avid sponsors the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year competition, and the Schools Prom marks the occasion on which the teachers who have won in each of the five categories are presented with their prizes in front of their peers and an appreciative audience. Each winner can choose up to £1000-worth of Sibelius software for their schools, as well as receiving some gear from fellow competition sponsor Yamaha.

If you happen to be free tonight or tomorrow night and can make it to the Royal Albert Hall in London, I’d recommend seeing whether any tickets are still available: if there’s a more inspiring and uplifting concert staged in London this week, I’d love to know where it is!

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