Shortlisted for Music for Youth’s National Festival!

5th May 2017

We had the honour of hosting the Music for Youth Southampton Regional Festival in March, for the 23rd year running. Throughout the day, thirteen schools and groups from the Southampton area gave performances that spanned almost every genre of music and received constructive feedback from the Music for Youth mentors.

The groups were competing for a place at Music for Youth’s National Festival where they will join up to 10,000 young musicians in Birmingham. Over five days they’ll share their achievements, attend workshops, and collaborate with professional artists.

Names of the five winning groups who will go on to compete at the National Festival have just been released. They include: two groups from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College – the Performing Arts Company and the Jazz Band – as well as Theale C of E Primary School infants and juniors, Wyvern Soul Band and the Bournemouth School Chamber Ensemble.

Patrick Bailey, Music for Youth Mentor, said of Richard Taunton’s groups, “Great performances all round…singing, saxes, pop and more”.

A further selection of groups who attend the National Festival 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.

Our Music Teacher, Sam Adams, says, “We are thrilled that two of our groups have been selected to attend the National Festival, especially that Jazz Band who qualified for the second time! 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”.

This initiative by Music for Youth features a series of regional and national music festivals involving more than 40,000 young musicians across the world. To find out more about Music for Youth visit