This year’s Music for Youth National Festival runs from 4-8 July in Birmingham.
With brass, classical, folk, choral and contemporary renditions from around 8,000 young musicians at venues such as Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Centre and various Fringe Stages across the city, performances include an evening hosted by award-winning saxophonist and MC, Soweto Kinch, featuring some of the UK’s best young jazz combos and big bands.
Other highlights include Festival Fringe Workshops run by:
- musicians from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth
- choral specialists, Dominic Peckham and Esther Jones, and singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB)
- members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) led by NYJO London Music Director, Phil Meadows
- the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra
- composer and animateur, Rachel Leach
- Ex Cathedra’s SingMaker team
- teacher, workshop leader and choral director, Richard Frostick
- members of The Big Shake-Up (formerly Bad Ass Brass)
Music for Youth is a national youth arts charity working to provide young people across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.