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We had a wonderful time; first time for many in London and certainly the first time any of them had played at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘One of the best nights of my life’, a comment repeated by many of our students.

Dave Banfield, Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria

MFY has had a huge impact on our young people. Our pupils have special educational needs and do not get many opportunities to perform in fantastic venues. Through MFY we have managed to perform at the HMV Institute, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall twice! It’s so important, especially to the families. And it gives our young people increased self-esteem, inclusion, self-help skills, teamwork. Inclusion of people with special educational needs is really important. We could help encourage more special schools to enter.

Ben Dlugokecki, Director of Rubik’s Cube & Group Leader

For some of the youngest and inexperienced musicians it was the first time they have played to an audience outside of school, which was a great opportunity.

Queen Elizabeth School folk group leader

Presenting at the Music for Youth National Festival was an amazing experience! Music is a huge part of me and being surrounded by so much young talent was very inspiring. Seeing everyone in the team giving their all to making the festival a success was lovely to see and I was honoured to be a part of it!

LDEAA, Young Presenter


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