A two-day music festival featuring more than 6,000 talented young musicians will take place in Birmingham on July 7-8.
The annual Music for Youth National Festival will be performed on world-class stages Symphony Hall, Town Hall and CBSO Centre, and this year, centres around the theme ‘Where Everyone’s A Headliner’.
The festival will see performances from the next generation of young musicians across pop, rock, jazz, brass, classical, folk, choral, and everything in between. There will be free Fringe stages in Centenary square and a series of free workshops and panels with leading industry experts, including critically-acclaimed Jazz pianist, composer and presenter Pete Letanka, The Royal Welsh College of Music, National Youth Choir, and more. There will be a special showcase evening concert on Friday, July 7 at Town Hall to promote the level and breadth of music education across the UK.
As part of MFY’s Frequencies programme for 16-25 year olds, there will be performances on Saturday evening at CBSO Centre and a specially curated Youth Citizens’ Assembly where young people can have their say in shaping the future of the music industry and music policy. The Assembly is free to attend and panelists will include industry representatives from Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, as well as producers and musicians.
Phil Castang, CEO at Music for Youth, said: “This year’s National Festival really is a celebration of the headliner and at Music for Youth we believe every young performer is a headliner. By this we mean all the young artists performing over the two days have been chosen to play at the festival because they are equally brilliant. The passion, effort and musicianship on show over the next two days is of the highest quality”.