YORK Music Forum Youth Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Music For Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on November 16.
The York musicians have been selected for this prestigious event after performances at this year’s Music For Youth regional and national festivals.
“Their journey began at the Music For Youth regional festivals, which took place at venues around the country with thousands of young musicians taking part,” says director Ian Chalk. “A small proportion of these were then invited to participate at the two-day national festival in Birmingham in July and a handful of those ensembles have been invited to perform at the Music For Youth Proms in November 2022.
“The Music For Youth Proms are a two-day musical extravaganza. Two special evening concerts will bring young musicians together from across the country for a spectacular concert like no other: full-scale symphony orchestras are showcased, alongside some of the best young jazz bands, chamber groups, pop bands and singer-songwriters from across the UK, and a unique specially produced Massed Ensemble of more than 400 musicians.”
The ten-strong York Music Forum Youth Jazz Ensemble is made up of some of the best young musicians in York, ranging in age from 13 to 19.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these amazing young musicians and excellent reward for their hard work and great performances at the Music For Youth regional and national festivals,” says Ian. “We’re really proud of what the Youth Jazz Ensemble has achieved, and we’re delighted to be flying the flag for York at such an iconic venue.”
Did you know?
YORK Music Forum provides developing musicians with high quality and valuable musical experiences in “commercial” musical genres such as jazz, funk and pop.
The forum offers educational ensembles for both young musicians and adults, supported by a range of online resources.
The forum’s jazz education programme was a finalist in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in 2019 (Best Musical Initiative).