Young musicians from Bath & North East Somerset took part in a world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday November 14.
The 150 musicians, representing almost every secondary school in the area, will be taking part in the Schools’ Prom, organised by Music for Youth.
They are all members of The Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub and were joined by musicians from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire Music Hubs
They performed a piece called ‘A Shakespearean Triptych’, a special commission by Philip Harper written for a choir of over 400 voices and wind band of around 150 players.
The performers have been rehearsing since September and came together for the first time on Sunday November 6, for a mass rehearsal at the Pavilion in Bath.
Tallis Inger Flecker from Writhlington School has also won a competition, and had her composition played as part of the performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Cllr Michael Evans, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is a first for young musicians from our area - they have never before performed en masse at the Royal Albert Hall. We’re incredibly proud of this achievement. It was an extraordinary day that will remain with many pupils for a very long time.”
The Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset, Cllr Alan Hale, also attended the performance.
The Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub is a partnership led by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Music Service, which aims to create a high quality programme of music education for children and young people both in and out of school. Find out more at www.banesmusiconline.co.uk