Wellsway students perform at world-famous Royal Albert Hall in Youth Proms

Published on: 03 Dec 2016

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It’s a venue that has welcomed internationally renowned performers and hosts the famous BBC Proms each year, and last month a group of Wellsway students got to take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

They were among 150 young musicians from schools across Bath and North East Somerset taking part in a world premiere at the Music for Youth Prom.

Organised by Music for Youth, the students performed a piece called A Shakespearean Triptych, a commission by Philip Harper written for a choir of more than 400 voices and a wind band of 150 musicians.

The youngsters, all members of the Bath and North East Somerset Music Hub, had been rehearsing since September but only met for their first mass run-through at the Pavilion in Bath on November 6, just days before the performance on November 14. They were joined for the show, which was attended by B&NES Council chairman Councillor Alan Hale, by young musicians from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Councillor Michael Evans, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a first for young musicians from our area – they have never before performed en masse at the Royal Albert Hall. We’re incredibly proud of this achievement.” 

The Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub is a partnership led by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Music Service, which aims to create a high quality programme of
music education for children and young people both in and out of school. Find out more at www.banesmusiconline.co.uk

  • Photo: Music for Youth/Alick Cotterill

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