Hundreds of B&NES students perform at the Royal Albert Hall

On Monday 14th November, over 500 pupils from B&NES, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire Music Hubs performed in the Royal Albert Hall as part of one of the Schools’ Proms events, funded by Music for Youth.

In preparation for this stunning event, students rehearsed in a choir and wind band with internationally acclaimed local composer Philip Harper. The Music Hubs commissioned Philip to compose a new piece for this massed ensemble, to commemorate 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. The starting point for this work was a composition competition for senior school students in the participating Hubs. The lucky winners musical ideas were used by Philip to inspire his large scale work A Shakespearian Tryptich.

For many of the students (and supporting parents) this was their first experience of the Royal Albert Hall. And what an experience it was! The choral work formed part of an extremely varied programme for the evening with the audience and participants enjoying performances from across the country including orchestras, soul bands, percussion ensembles, folk groups, jazz ensembles and a thrash band! All the performances were of a very high standard with the students from our massed ensemble performing brilliantly to a large and extremely appreciative audience.

The concert culminated with a massed choir with all participants from the evening singing and playing together amongst a backdrop of fireworks and thousands of balloons! I’m sure that for all those taking part in and supporting the event, this was an evening that will never be forgotten!