Music for Youth: National Festival 2024

Come and indulge in three days of vibrant live music! Experience the talents of up-and-coming young musicians across various genres including jazz, soul, funk, choirs, orchestras, and much more.

Everyone is welcome to join us! The festival is open to the public and will be held at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and CBSO Centre, featuring a Fringe stage in Centenary Square.

Stay tuned for the full festival lineup, which will be unveiled on 01 June. For more information and opportunities to participate, visit: www.mfy.org.uk/get-involved/national-festival-2024

Ticket price for all sessions is £12 (£10 Concessions) except for Friday and Saturday Night Showcase which is £14 (£12 Concessions)


Thursday 04 July: CBSO Centre

Session 1: Percussion Ensembles

Time: 10:15 to 12:45

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An eclectic mix of performances by some of the most exciting young percussion ensembles in the UK. You can expect to hear music performed on a variety of pitched and unpitched percussion such as vibraphone, marimba, snare drums and a whole range of cymbals.

Session 2: World Folk and Roots

Time: 1:45pm to 4:15pm

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Performances by talented groups, including steel bands, African drumming, Japanese Taiko drumming, and Indian classical.

Session 3: Ensembles

Time: 5pm to 7:30pm

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Ensemble sessions present a joyful mix of musical genres performed on a multitude of instruments including bassoon, harp, strings, recorder and guitar.


Friday 05 July: Symphony Hall

Session 1: Brass and Wind

Time: 3pm to 5:45pm

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Performances from some of the UK’s most talented brass bands and wind bands. Expect traditional repertoire as well as adventurous arrangements of pop and film music.

Session 2: Brass and Wind

Time: 6:15pm to 9pm

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Performances from some of the UK’s most talented brass bands and wind bands. Expect traditional repertoire as well as adventurous arrangements of pop and film


Friday 05 July: Jennifer Blackwell Stage

Session 1: Jazz, Funk & Soul

Time: 11am to 12:30pm

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Rhythm sections and brass combine to create legendary grooves for singers and soloists to soar above.

Session 2: Jazz

Time: 1pm to 2:30pm

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The UK jazz scene is admired throughout the world. The National Festival Jazz session features some of the best youth jazz bands in the country.

Session 3: Jazz

Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

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The UK jazz scene is admired throughout the world. The National Festival Jazz session features some of the best youth jazz bands in the country.

Friday Night Showcase

Time: 7pm to 9pm

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The Friday Night Showcase is a special night featuring some of the most exciting young jazz musicians from across the UK.


Friday 05 July: Town Hall

Session 1: Infant & Junior

Time: 2pm to 4:30pm

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This session features outstanding infants and junior school children performing in various groups from strings to rap.

Session 2: Choirs

Time: 5:15pm to 7:45pm

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Youth Choirs come from across the whole country to celebrate the joy of singing and the voice in all its many forms. From early music madrigals to gospel and pop and from musical theatre to close harmony.


Friday 05 July: CBSO Centre

Session 1: Choirs

Time: 10:15 to 12:45

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Youth Choirs come from across the whole country and celebrate the joy of singing and the voice in all its many forms. From early music madrigals to gospel and pop and from musical theatre to close harmony.

Session 2: Infant and Junior

Time: 1:45pm to 4:15pm

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This session features outstanding infant and junior school children performing in various groups from strings to percussion.

Session 3: Ensembles

Time: 5.15pm to 7:45pm

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Ensemble sessions present a joyful mix of musical genres performed on a multitude of instruments including bassoon, harp, strings, recorder and guitar.


Saturday 06 July: Symphony Hall

Session 1: Orchestras

Time: 10:15 to 12:45

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Orchestras create beautiful textures of sound. This session showcases orchestras from across the country, performing a diverse range of classical and contemporary pieces.

Session 2: Orchestras String and Chamber

Time: 1:45pm to 4:45pm

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Performances by young string orchestras from around the UK.

Night of 1,000 Voices: A Celebration of the Voice

Time: 17:00 to 19:30

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Choirs and vocal groups from across the whole country join us to celebrate the joy of singing and the voice in all its many forms. From choristers to gospel, rap and signing.


Saturday 06 July: Jennifer Blackwell Stage

Session 1: Chamber

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

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A performance of dazzling chamber groups including a flute sextet, a clarinet quartet and several string quartets perform a range of traditional repertoire.

Session 2: Ensembles

Time: 1:45pm to 3:45pm

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Ensemble sessions present a joyful mix of musical genres performed on a multitude of instruments including bassoon, harp, strings, recorder and guitar.

Session 3: Ensembles

Time: 5pm to 7pm

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Ensemble sessions present a joyful mix of musical genres performed on a multitude of instruments including bassoon, harp, strings, recorder and guitar.


Saturday 06 July: CBSO Centre

Session 1: Frequencies

Time: 3.30pm to 6pm

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MFY’s Frequencies session presents talented early career artists performing a mix of original songs and covers. These are exceptional musicians on the cusp of breaking into the music industry.

Session 2: Frequencies


Time: 6:45pm to 9pm

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MFY’s Frequencies session presents talented early career artists performing a mix of original songs and covers. These are exceptional musicians on the cusp of breaking into the music industry.