15 November 2017

 Over 700 young musicians from South Yorkshire took to the stage to perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Monday 13 November.

Sheffield’s Music Hub arranged for performances from young musicians from four of Sheffield schools; Lound Junior primary, Carfield primary, Parsons Cross Church of England primary and Nether Green Junior. They were also joined by the Music Hubs Jazz Band to make a one off “jazz collective”; and a mass choir of young people from across the region.  They performed an original jazz composition from local composer Chris Noble.

The event hosted by Music for Youth, is an annual celebration of young musical talent from across the UK.

George, a 12 year old trombonist in the Jazz Band said: “I was really nervous about playing at the Royal Albert Hall, but it was fantastic. Hundreds of people came to hear us.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful way to celebrate our young people’s musical talent. It is a huge honour to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and provides our young people with great opportunity to showcase their musical abilities.

“Music plays an important role in child development, giving young people an outlet to express themselves. We want all children in Sheffield to have the opportunity to unlock their musical talents. The Sheffield Music Hub runs many projects to help children get in to music and I would encourage schools and families to get involved and make the most of this fantastic resource.”

Music Hub is funded by Arts Council England and aims to help all children from all backgrounds discover and enjoy music. Children interested in playing a musical instrument or joining band or a choir should contact the Music Hub for more details. www.sheffieldmusichub.org/sing-and-play