Richard Taunton Opens its Doors for the Music for Youth Regional Festival

19th March 2018

On Wednesday, 21 March we hosted the Music for Youth regional festival for the 24th year in a row. The festival is one of the calendar events of the year for our music department and it provides a great platform for young musicians to showcase their skills and improve upon their craft at the same time.

Five talented groups from our college (production choir, a cappella singers, jazz combo, brass band and rock band) performed alongside 17 different music acts from 12 different schools, colleges and music hubs across the region. Each group had the chance to perform in front of a large audience, listen to performances from other students, meet other musicians, and gain valuable feedback from professional music mentors.

Teacher, Mrs Wright, from Longfleet School, says, “Seeing a folk band, a soul band, a rock band and a 60 strong secondary school band was really something quite special, which will stay with our students and inspire them for a very long time.”

Our music teacher, Miriam Kenny-Williams, says, “We’re delighted to have hosted this fantastic festival yet again and it was a joy to listen to a variety of groups performing in so many different styles and genres. The standard was particularly high this year and I was impressed to see groups performing original songs. These ranged from very entertaining percussion arrangements, titled ‘Baked Beans’ and ‘Fidget Spinner’, performed by Another Dimension drumming troupe, to rock songs written and performed by our very own college rock band.”

Music for Youth founded the world’s largest youth music festival, which involves more than 40,000 young musicians. To find out more about Music for Youth visit

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