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7th - 8th July 2023, Birmingham


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Join us for a two-day feast of live music! Hear performances from talented young musicians, from jazz, soul and funk groups to choirs, orchestras and much more. 

Open to the public, every July, thousands of young musicians from across the UK perform at world-class venues in Birmingham as part of the annual Music for Youth National Festival. 

Not-to-be-missed highlights this year include: 

  • Performances by the next generation of young musicians (full line-up to be announced on 1st June) 
  • ‘Fringe stages’ in Centenary Square, featuring a mix of musical performances  
  • Workshops with critically-acclaimed Jazz pianist, performer and composer, Pete Latanka, The Royal Welsh College of Music, National Youth Choir, and more 
  • Frequencies New Music Residency for 16-25 year olds. Selected participants will be collaborating with Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, Northamptonshire Concert Band and RNCM Session Orchestra at the CBSO Centre on the 7th July to upscale their music for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in November. Participants will also take part in a workshop with conductor, composer & presenter, Patrick Bailey. Applications for the New Music Residency are now closed and selected participants will be announced soon. To find out more, click here
  • A specially curated Youth Citizen’s Assembly where young people get to have their say in the future of the music industry (facilitated by leading music industry experts).
  • A fantastic Showcase Concert on Friday 7th July. 


Want to perform on a Fringe Stage? Click below to apply.

Saturday applications

Friday 7th July

Primary Live 11am to 12 noon
Presenter Pete Letanka

Stafford Grammar School Concert Band
CBSO Career Accelerator Fellows
QA Collective
Tremains Primary School Orchestra and Choir
Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

Performances and Workshops 1pm to 3:45pm
Brass and Wind

Shepherd Group Youth Band
Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Youth Brass Band
Camarthenshire Youth Wind Band 
Gwent Youth Brass Band
Barnsley Town Concert Band
Boston Music Centre Massed Ensemble with Tattershall T Jazz
Carrick Breeze and Winds
Co-operative Youth Wind Band

Performances and Workshops 4:30pm to 7:15pm
Brass and Wind

Dark Peak Concert Band
Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra
Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band
Northamptonshire Youth Brass Band
East Riding Senior Wind Band
Birmingham Schools' Brass Band
Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra
Swindon Young Musicians Wind Band

Junior Choirs 1pm to 2:30pm

St Elphege's Infant School Choir
East Herrington Primary Academy
Barmby Moor C of E Primary School
Crookesbroom Primary Academy Choir
Rainbow Forge and Netherthorpe Primary Combined Choirs

Junior String & Chamber 3pm to 4:30pm

Northamptonshire County Junior Strings
Musica Colne and Holme Valley Junior Strings
Penzance Junior Strings
The Nicolaou Junior Strings

Showcase 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Presenter Nikki Yeoh

Ashleigh Turley
Chasing Violet
Greenhead College Big Band
Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra
The Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra
NPTC Group Jazz Vocal Combo
Reuben And The Squires

I&J Workshop 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Leader Pete Letanka 

Jazz Masterclass 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Leader Nikki Yeoh

Jazz Workshop 5pm to 6pm
Leader Pete Letanka

Guest Reception 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Performances and Workshops 10:15am to 12:45pm
Infants & Juniors

Grange Primary School Guitar Ensemble
East Ham Groove
Oxford Young Singers
Maybury Primary School Choir
Living Glory
The Rose Learning Trust
West Twyford Primary School

Performances and Workshops 1:45pm to 4:15pm 

Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra
Altrincham Grammar School For Boys Big Band
Musica Youth Jazz
Newham Music Jazz Collective
NMPAT County Youth Big Band

Performances and Workshops 5:15pm to 7:45pm 
Jazz, Funk & Soul

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Function Band 
DGS R&B Band
Funky Bishops
Hull Music Service Soul and Funk Collaborative
St George's Academy Session Band
LAET Highgate Big Band
Gosford Hill School Soul Band

Frequencies Collaboration Day 10:30am to 5:30pm (Lunch 1:30pm)

Composition Workshop 11am to 12 noon
Leader Patrick Bailey

Fringe Stage 11am to 7pm
(Jazzlines 5pm to 6:30pm)

Saturday 8th July

Performances and Workshops 10:15am to 12:45pm

Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra
Holmfirth High School Pyramid Orchestra and Voices
Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra
Chiltern Music Academy Symphony Orchestra
Chordis Caerllion

Performances and Workshops 1:45pm to 4:15pm
Orchestras, String & Chamber

Gloucestershire Youth String Orchestra
SuperStrings Cornwall
Altrincham Grammar Schools String Orchestra 
Create Music Youth String Ensemble 
The Henrietta Barnett School Chamber Orchestra
Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service's 'Senior Strings' Ensemble
Milton Keynes Youth Orchestra

Performances and Workshops 5pm to 7:30pm

Rastrick High School Senior Choir
Springwood High School Cantabene Choir
St George's Academy Choir
Oxfordshire County Youth Choir
Musica Mirfield Youth Choir
Monmouth Prep School Choir
Haverfordwest High VC School Girls Choir

Youth Citizens' Assembly 10am to 2pm

RWCM Side By Side 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Leader Roger Argente

NYCGB Choirs Workshop 3pm to 4pm

NYCGB Choirs Workshop 4:45pm to 5:45pm


Performances and Workshop 10:30am to 1pm

Birmingham Schools' Recorder Sinfonia
East Riding Percussion Ensemble
Hull Youth Percussion Ensemble
Ealing Percussion Academy
Legacy A Cappella Plymouth (LEGS)
Boston High School Vocal Group

Performances and Workshop 2pm to 4:30pm
World, Folk and Roots

Cumann Ceoil Naomh Mhuire
Thomas Middlecott Academy Taiko Drummers
Thats All Folk
Walthamstow School for Girls Year 11 Band 
Birmingham Schools' Azaad Dhol Group 
Gyoko Youth Taiko

Performances and Workshop 5pm to 7:30pm

Alex and Micah
Death by Creation
Sho Nation
The Thing Is...
The Qube Records Collective

Performances and Workshops 10:15am to 12:45pm

NMPAT Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre
Musica Colne Valley Senior Guitars
Tarrega Guitar Ensemble
Oxfordshire Youth Bassoon Ensemble

Performances and Workshops 1:45pm to 4:15pm

The Lads
Northamptonshire County Youth Choir
Ysgol Garth Olwg vocal ensemble
CBA Singers
Malton School Chamber Choir
Thornton College Chamber Choir
Ignition - Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Performances and Workshops 5pm to 7:30pm

Manor School String Ensemble
Simply Strings Junior Quartet
NPTC Group Chamber Ensemble - Strings, Piano and Percussion
Sponne Strings
Senzatori String Quartet
Penarth Clarinet Quartet
Deko Quartet

Fringe Stage 11am to 6pm


Join in the festival by taking part in our FREE world-class workshop series. The workshops are inspiring, practical sessions to build skills in an interactive environment, led by music industry experts. Anyone under the age of 25 can sign-up for free, whether you are a Music for Youth group or hub, or a member of the public. 

with Patrick Bailey 

Gain practical composition advice from one of MFY’s Music Mentors. 

Do you have a phrase that you don’t know how to expand; do you have a piece that you’d like to orchestrate; do you have a rhythm that you’d like to talk about in more detail? Come and join MFY Mentor, Patrick Bailey, in this practical, engaging and fun workshop looking at composition techniques as well as giving you advice on how to take your skills to the next level.  

Led by: Patrick Bailey 
Duration: 1.5 hours 
Date: 11am, Friday 7 July 2023 
Location: CBSO Centre 
Suitability: Young composers of any age or ability 

Click here to book.


with Pete Letanka  

Collaboration and improvisation 

Join one of the UK’s leading composers, musicians and animateurs, Pete Letanka for a jam-packed, interactive music workshop. 

This creative workshop will have participants creating new music which will be brought together at the end of the session for its very own world premiere! 

Led by: Pete Letanka 
Duration: 1 hours 
Date: 1.45pm, Friday 7 July 2023 
Location: Justham Howe Room, Symphony Hall 
Suitability: Mixed instrumental musicians and vocalists of any ability, in KS1 & KS2 

Click here to book.

with Nikki Yeoh 

Gain practical and performance advice from one of the UK’s top female jazz musicians. 

Come and join jazz pianist, Nikki Yeoh for a masterclass in the art of improvisation, phrasing and performance practice.  

This hands-on session will allow young aspiring jazz musicians to jam with Nikki, develop new techniques to further their skills and find their unique voice. Maybe you want to watch her ‘Improvisation Top Tips’ video from our 2021 REMIX Festival beforehand. 

Led by: Nikki Yeoh 
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: 3.15pm, Friday 7 July 2023 
Location: Justham Howe Room, Symphony Hall 
Suitability: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability 

Click here to book.

with Pete Letanka 

Gain practical, guided experience on improvisation 

Come and join jazz pianist, Pete Letanka for a practical improvisation workshop, lifting the lid on this art form and giving you practical advice and confidence for your performance practice moving forward.    

You will learn a new piece from scratch and explore its harmonic possibilities – using just your ears! 

Led by: Pete Letanka 
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: 5pm, Friday 7 July 2023 
Location: Justham Howe Room, Symphony Hall 
Suitability: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability 

Click here to book.

with the Royal Welsh College of Music Brass Ensemble  

Collaborative and high energy, this workshop improves performance skills by playing current pop hits! 

In this lively, open workshop rehearsal for wind, brass and percussion players, focused on improving performance skills, you can expect to play well-known pop repertoire inspired by music and musicians from all backgrounds alongside the Royal Welsh College of Music. 

The Royal Welsh College of Music Brass Ensemble brings together musicians from both the classical and popular degree programmes, providing them with industry standard training and professional performance opportunities.  

Led by: Roger Argente, The Royal Welsh College of Music 
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: 2.30pm, Saturday 8 July 2023 
Location: Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall 
Suitability: Instrumentalists, aged 11 and above of any ability 

Click here to book.

Improve vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills 

Come and join vocal leader, Greg Link, young leaders and singers from the National Youth Choir for a fun and engaging session packed full of musical games and warm-ups. Suitable for all who love to sing!

The National Youth Choir is a national champion and community for youth singing, standing for artistic excellence, creative diversity, and openness and relevance to all.

Led by: Greg Link, National Youth Choir  
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: 3pm and 4.45pm, Saturday 8 July 2023 
Location: Justham Howe Room, Symphony Hall 
Suitability: Singers of any age or ability

Click here to book.

The Citizens Assembly brings together young people across the UK to deliberate on issues and recommend solutions that shape the future of music policy. The assembly is a democratic approach to solve problems and empower young people, whether they want to develop their skills to build a career in music or experience it as a source of joy.

Young people from the music hubs Tri-borough and Lancashire have co-curated this assembly in partnership with Music For Youth, who are hosting the event at B:Music, Birmingham.

Anyone between the ages of 12-25 can sign up for free. If you are a young person that cares about music education and are thinking about a career in the music industry, have your say in shaping the future of music education and join us at our open forum with a panel of leading music education, industry experts and policy makers.

To attend, please complete the registration form here  

Duration: 4 hours
10am to 2pm, Saturday 8 July 2023 
Jennifer Blackwell performance space, Symphony Hall 

I had an amazing time over the weekend playing at the National Music For Youth Festival with The Mountbatten Concert Wind Band… It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I got the chance to play there!

Megan Prince, 2022 Performer 

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