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Massed ensembles head to Royal Albert Hall for MFY Proms

This year's Music for Youth (MFY) season draws to a close with three MFY Proms concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 5, 6 and 7 November 2018.

This year’s Music for Youth (MFY) season draws to a close with three MFY Proms concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 5, 6 and 7 November 2018.

The programme champions young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Massed ensembles at the MFY Proms

Each concert features a massed ensemble from a different area of the UK as follows:

Symphony 125

To commemorate its 125th anniversary, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is working in partnership with three music education hubs – SoundStorm (Bournemouth and Poole), Southampton and Isle of Wight – to form one of the largest and most varied massed ensembles ever.

BSO will be performing a special arrangement of a new commission, Symphony 125, in partnership with SoundStorm and composer, James Redwood.

As part of the massed ensemble, the orchestra is hosting two SEND schools which include members of the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO).

Legend of the Sky, The Griffin of Griffydam

As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, Leicestershire Schools Music Service will perform a new commission by composer, Fraser Trainer, who has been working creatively with local musicians and schoolchildren to incorporate their ideas into the performance.

Legend of the Sky, The Griffin of Griffydam brings together young musicians from diverse genres and cultures and features Indian instruments, Western classical instruments, steel pans and voice.

Players and singers have been working in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, lyricist, Hazel Gould, sitar player, Roopa Panesar, and Indian classical musicians from Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.


Oxfordshire County Music Service has worked with special schools and youth arts organisations in the local area as part of a buddying project to bring mainstream and SEND musicians together.

Half of OCMS’s massed ensemble will be SEND instrumentalists and singers (around 300 young people).

Together will include a new composition with melodic and rhythmic themes written by the students and conducted by John Lubbock, founder and conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s and a staunch advocate of bringing live music to children with SEND.

‘Life-changing performance experiences’

Judith Webster, Chief Executive, Music for Youth, said:

‘Music for Youth provides life-changing performance experiences for young people of all backgrounds and musical abilities.

‘Our large-scale massed ensemble performance projects showcase regional partnership working at its best – with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, innovation and good practice in teaching and learning. I’m really excited to hear the culmination of these inspiring and unique projects!’

Header photo: The MFY Proms © Music for Youth