Music for Youth is delighted to stage a national event for young musicians to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort. Funded by Arts Council England made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Coronation Bandstand Project will seethousands of young musicians perform on bandstands in public parks across all 9 regions in England from 6 – 8 May 2023, enabling music and young people to play an important part in marking this historic occasion. Participation in music events like this supports young people in their development, well-being and improves social skills.
Music for Youth will fund and support Music Education Hubs and Local Cultural Education Partnerships regionally to host multiple events on prominent bandstands, showcasing the brilliance of young musicians performing all styles and genres of music. Other performing arts will be on show, including dance, musical theatre and spoken word as well as a performance of a specially commissioned fanfare by a young composer. These special events will bring communities, families, and friends together, and celebrate local culture and heritage.
Events will be taking place across the country from Tyneside to Penzance. If you would like to take part there are open opportunities and bursaries available. To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music for Youth’s Director of Programmes Kate Gardner, said: “Music for Youth is so excited to bring young musicians together from across England to celebrate this special occasion. Young people make great music, and we encourage you to come along and support the next generation of musicians through this historic event. Our thanks to the Arts Council England and National Lottery for their support”.
Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England, said: "His Majesty the King has long been a champion of music and musicians, so it’s fitting that we’re supporting this celebratory showcase of the next generation of England’s exciting young musical talent as they perform on bandstands across the country.”
Our events will be hosted at the following locations:
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Meet Chris Brooke
Chris has been commissioned by MFY to compose the fanfare music that will be performed at all of the Bandstand Coronation events. Chris is an 19-year-old composer and musician from Norwich and has been studying composition primarily with David Stowell for 6 years. Over 12 years of music making, he has enjoyed studying the clarinet, bassoon, and piano among others, performing in the Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band (bass clarinet), Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (principal bassoon and clarinet), Norfolk Students Jazz orchestra (lead alto saxophone), and multiple ensembles in the Guildhall Young Artists Norwich centre. He is looking forward to taking up a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September studying composition.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. From 2023 to 2026 we will invest over £440 million of public money from Government and an estimated £93 million from The National Lottery each year to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk.
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