Youth Music announces first National (UK) Youth Music Organisation Festival

The UK’s most talented young musicians will play together for the first time

Saturday 11th July 2009

Youth Music is ten this year and as part of the birthday festivities, the UK’s largest children’s music charity is celebrating by bringing the National Youth Music Organisations together (the NYMOs) to play for the first time.

The NYMO performances at Birmingham Town Hall on the 11th July will be free for the public to attend, and is part of the culmination of the annual National Festival of Music For Youth. The inaugural NYMO Festival is the first of what will become a regular fixture at the National Festival.

The festival will feature a brand new ‘Encounters’ group involving players from across the NYMO network, who are creating a new piece of repertoire especially for the event. The festival day will consist of a series of open rehearsals from 10am, followed by a showcase performance at 4.30.

The NYMOs support the most talented young musicians and performers from around the UK, offering unparalleled opportunities for development, learning and progression into education and professional music making. The organisations currently funded as NYMOs are:

Umbrella organisations
  • Music for Youth
  • National Association of Youth Orchestras
Training and performance ensembles
  • National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Youth Music Theatre UK
  • Pro Corda
  • National South Asian Music Youth Orchestra
  • National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
  • National Youth Jazz Collective

Youth Music has provided the NYMO fund since 2001, investing more than £5,000,000 to support high quality advanced music making and performance opportunities for young musicians to ensure that any young person with sufficient musical ability can benefit from NYMO activity, regardless of their financial circumstances. It is financed by Arts Council England, the Music and Dance Scheme at the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Youth Music.

Christina Coker OBE, Chief Executive of Youth Music, stated: “The National Youth Music Organisations represent the peak of aspiration for many young musicians, and we’re immensely proud to be able to bring them all together to perform for the first time. For young instrumentalists, performers and singers, the NYMOs represent what it is possible to achieve with talent, hard work and the support of dedicated music leaders and peers. The NYMO network is one of the most dynamic and exciting bodies of support for young musicians in the world, and I can’t wait to see them perform on the 11th July at Birmingham Town Hall.”

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