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More than 1800 Berkshire children to perform at Royal Albert Hall spectacular

30 October 2018

On the evening of 11 March 2019, more than 1800 children from schools across Berkshire will take to the stage, at the UK’s most prestigious venue, the Royal Albert Hall for a sensational celebration of music and song. Entitled ‘Music Leads the Way’ the event is organised by local charity Berkshire Maestros and will include performances from Berkshire County Youth Choirs and Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO).

The massed primary schools choir will perform songs from Nigel Hess’ breath-taking musical RATS! – an alternative look at the Pied Piper of Hamlyn.

Berkshire Maestros has obtained special permission from the family and estate of the late Johnny Dankworth to perform one of his masterpieces, under the title Further Experiments with Mice which will be narrated by special guest - BBC Radio Berkshire’s Andrew Peach.

Other highlights will include popular movie favourites Beauty and the Beast, The Incredibles, The Mission and James Bond and will culminate with a performance of John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit by the massed secondary schools choir, featuring soloist Rebecca Lodge from the Royal Opera House.

In the months running up to the event, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will be working with Berkshire Maestros to offer a series of workshops to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN/D) schools across the county. Students will be introduced to Aaron Copland’s Wild West inspired Hoe Down and will then be supported in composing their own pieces in small groups. Groups from each school will be invited to perform their work at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside BYSO and the RPO.

Lynne Ellis CEO of Berkshire Maestros said:
“Taking part in such a large scale event, at a world class venue like the Royal Albert Hall, is an experience that children and young people will remember for the rest of their lives. Those taking part are already very excited and it is encouraging to see the level of commitment they show to learning and rehearsing the music.
“I am particularly proud to see Berkshire Maestros working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to offer students from SEN/D schools this rare opportunity. This project reflects our aim to bring music into the lives of all children and young people across Berkshire. It will be wonderful to see so many groups of students working and performing together!”

The evening will be packed with enchanting pieces that we all know and love as well as introducing the audience to some they may not have heard before. With music that will thrill, move and uplift everyone, this is bound to be an unmissable experience.

Tickets for this unique gala concert go on sale this week from the Royal Albert Hall box office.




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