Hampshire County Council’s Music Service is bringing together more than 800 children to perform at the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said he was proud that the county will be so well represented.
He said: “I am immensely proud that the county will be represented so magnificently at such an auspicious event and in such a prestigious and iconic venue.”
“The contribution the Music Service makes to young people’s all round education is significant and important, both to driving up standards in our schools and for encouraging social interaction and integration among our young students.”
The prestigious event will take place at the famous London venue from 23-25 November and performers will come together for the opening night from a number of groups, including an over 500 strong choir made up of Hampshire school children and members of the Hampshire County Youth Choirs.
Music will be supplied by members of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestras and Hampshire County Youth Bands. A visual dance performance has been especially choreographed by Wessex Dance Academy.
The composition, The Mary Rose, is by the local late composer, Martin Read; from Winchester, originally commissioned by Hampshire Music Service for their millennium celebrations. Two other instrumental compositions will accompany The Mary Rose by ex Hampshire Music Hub Scholars Catherine Upfold, from Andover, and Laura Jurd, from Medstead , now operating out of London, respectively.
Both were supported by Martin Read. Laura Jurd was one of just seven international young artists selected for BBC Radio 3’s enormously prestigious New Generation Artists scheme 2015-17.