23rd March 2017

We had the honour of hosting the Music For Youth Southampton Regional Festival this week, for the 23rd year running. This forms part of a wider initiative by Music For Youth, which features a series of regional and national music festivals involving more than 40,000 young musicians across the world.

Throughout the day, thirteen schools and groups from the Southampton area gave performances that spanned almost every genre of music, from jazz to classical and large choirs to sax trios! The stand out acts from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College included the Jazz Combo, the Sax Trio and the Performing Arts Company who sang numbers from their upcoming end of year musical, Carrie.

Our Music Teacher, Sam Adams, says “Music is really celebrated in our city and what better way to recognise our home grown talent! Events of this kind give lovers of music the chance to feel part of something bigger, showcase their talent, and connect with other young budding musicians across the country. They also offer a great platform for aspiring musicians and the feedback they receive from the Music For Youth mentors really help to shape and improve their performances”.

Patrick Bailey, Music For Youth Mentor, says, “Great performances all round from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College…singing, saxes, pop and more!”.

A number of these groups will be selected to join up to 10,000 young musicians in Birmingham for a five day National Festival where they can share their achievements, attend workshops, and collaborate with professional artists.

A further selection of groups will then be invited to take part in the Music for Youth Proms in November at the Royal Albert Hall. Each evening will feature a large massed ensemble from a different region.