In 2014, SCYO have been one of 23 groups chosen to take part in an international celebration of the Benjamin Britten's centenary. As a result of this, they have been invited to perform at the National Festival of Music in Birmingham. A week-long mini-festival, various venues across the city centre become filled as several thousand of the country's top musicians perform to one-another at national level. SCYO will be performing Britten's 'Soirees Musicale' in the 520-seater Adrian Boult Hall, part of the Birmingham Conservatoire's fantastic facilities. They will have an opportunity to watch some of the other groups in the Britten and Beyond project, before joining them onstage in a performance of a new arrangement of Britten's music written especially for them. The whole event will be recorded, as well as being part of a live webcast for groups around the world to watch.
Rehearsals for the day will take place during the 'Symphony in a Day' course on June 22nd. It has been great to welcome so many SCYO players new and old along to Birmingham for what promises to be a fantastic experience! The wholse of Birmingham comes alive with music everywhere, and it is great that SCYO will also be taking part in a masterclass session.
It really is a fantastic opportunity, recognising the work that SCYO players do. There are also workshops and street performances to take part in, and we hope to catch some of the other performances taking place that day. There is more information about the festival on the Music for Youth website, www.mfy.org.uk, or you can watch the highlights from last year in the video below.