String Ensemble and Young Dancers win Award
The Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble and young dancers from Brighton & Hove wowed the Music for Youth's National Festival judges recently and proudly won the Innovation Award.
In February half-term, the String Ensemble and a group of young local dancers collaborated with Trinity Laban tutors and students. The students worked together over three days and created a 10 minute performance, using a selection of Copper Family Songs, arranged by Peter Copley. The piece was performed at the regional National Music for Youth Festival in Burgess Hill. Following an outstanding reception and feedback from judges, the group were invited to the National Festival in Birmingham on 11 July, and were awarded the Innovation Award – ‘awarded for performances that are particularly imaginative, creative or inspiring’.
The group will find out if they will be invited to the School’s Proms in September. Watch this space…
“I’m thrilled but not surprised that the group have done so well. Brighton & Hove Music & Arts is unique in that it has both fantastic dance and music activities happening under one roof. The potential for collaboration across the different music groups and dance groups is really exciting. It’s inspiring for both students and tutors to collaborate and gain an insight into each other’s art form. The way a dancer counts a phrase of movement is completely different from the way a musician counts. The annual collaboration with Trinity Laban gives Brighton & Hove’s young musicians and dancers the chance to explore and appreciate these differences and work as equals in the creation process.” Laura Woods, Dance Development Officer
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Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.