On Wednesday 15th November hundreds of young musicians from across the city journeyed down to London to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘#HearHull’ a massed ensemble of pupils from all of Hull’s secondary schools and sixth form colleges performed ‘Swerving East’ by composer and Music Service percussion teacher Dr Tom Lawrence in the Music for Youth Proms.
The ten minute work is for full symphony orchestra, jazz band, extra brass, percussion, string and wind sections and a massed choir and chamber choir. The lyrics from the poem ‘Here’ by Philip Larkin are the story-line for the music, which describes a journey to and through Hull, evoking the rural and civic scenes that he experienced during his stay in the city, where he worked as university librarian and penned many of his more famous works.
The performance, conducted by music educator, community musician and singer, Sam Dunkley, was a huge success, with #Hear Hull delivering an atmospheric and exciting premiere of the piece to a hugely enthusiastic audience, which included hundreds of travelling supporters from Hull. Special thanks to our Friends’ Association and to City of Culture for their very generous support in funding the project!
Music for Youth, the organisers of the event, produced an amazing atmosphere for the performance with superb lighting effects, mists of smoke rising from the stage and excellent stage management. The evening was introduced by TV and Radio presenter Remel London and also featured 11 other groups from around the UK, which #Hear Hull performers enjoyed watching.
The official Music for Youth DVD of the concert is soon to be released and you can order your own copy (£14 plus £2 P&P) of this memorable event by clicking here: #Hear Hull @ MFY Prom DVD
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