Gloucestershire Massed Ensemble
650 young musicians and singers from Gloucestershire will travel to London to perform a brand new compostition called Journey.
The invitation to appear under the bright lights of London's Royal Albert Hall is a great accolade. For many young musicians,the Schools Prom concert at this iconic venue is a once in a lifetime experience.
The choir totals 480 young singers from 24 secondary schools throughout the Gloucestershire. The 160 strong orchestra represents members of four of the county’s top youth music groups; the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Youth Orchestra, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Wind Orchestra.
They will perform a brand new piece, Journey, composed by Philip Harper. The piece takes its inspiration from the story of one of the most famous fictional characters to make the same journey - Dick Whittington and his cat. As is well-known, Dick Whittington went from poor beginnings to eventually being elected Lord Mayor of London three times and the music has this same inspirational message - you can achieve anything to which you put your mind.
Conductor: Philip Harper
Gloucestershire Music Staff & Tutors: Philip Cowley, David Currie, Maureen Currie, Steven Legge, David Mills, Glyn Oxley, Malcolm Pollock, Andy Prouse, Tim Stokes, Jonathan Trim, Sheila Wheeler
Age range of performers: 7-18
Journey - Philip Harper