Vivendi Sounds Bradford Massed Ensemble

This vast ensemble of over 600 young musicians from Bradford and the surrounding area has been brought together through the support of Vivendi, one of Music for Youth's sponsors.

Working closely with Bradford Music and Arts Service, Music for Youth has brought together 600 young people on one stage from a variety of different educational and musical backgrounds and sectors including secondary schools, three music services and local community arts organisations.

Music for Youth commissioned composer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Broughton to create a genre-defying, educationally and artistically inspiring piece that reflected the multitude of cultures represented in Bradford and the surrounding area.

Tony Johnson, Head of Music & Arts Service in Bradford said, of being involved “We are delighted to be part of the Vivendi project here in Bradford. The project is a fantastic opportunity as the new Music Education Hub for the district to bring together such a wide variety of groups from across the district and also to include partners from Calderdale and Kirklees. Working with Joe and his team has been a great experience for the pupils and staff alike and the performance at the Royal Albert Hall will be one they will remember for years to come.”

There are four sections to Strength in Numbers. All of the themes were inspired by the individual characters in this huge band and in each rhythm and scale you will hear the unique fusion that is this group of young people on stage together just for today.

Artistic Director/Conductor: Joe Broughton
Violin: Paloma Trigas
Percussion: Tom Chapman

Strength in Numbers by Joe Broughton

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