Music for Youth – National youth arts charity and National Youth Music Organisation (NYMO) – is thrilled to announce the staging of a national event to mark the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort. The event, called the Coronation Bandstand Project, is funded by Arts Council England made possible thanks to National Lottery players. It will see thousands of young musicians performing on bandstands in public parks across all nine regions in England from 6 – 8 May 2023.
Participation in music events like this one supports young people in their development, well-being, and social skills. The event will showcase the brilliance of young musicians from all over the country, performing in various styles and genres of music. Other performing arts will be on show, including dance, musical theatre and spoken word as well as a performance of a specially commissioned fanfare from a young composer.
Music Education Hubs and Local Cultural Education Partnerships will receive funding and support from Music for Youth regionally to host multiple events on prominent bandstands. From Tyneside to Penzance, events will take place all over the country and will bring together communities, families, and friends and celebrate local culture and heritage.
Kate Gardner, Music for Youth’s Director of Programmes, expressed her excitement for the event, stating, “Music for Youth is so excited to bring young musicians together from across England to celebrate this special occasion. Young people make great music, and we encourage you to come along and support the next generation of musicians through this historic event. Our thanks to Arts Council England and National Lottery for their support.”
Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England, added, “His Majesty the King has long been a champion of music and musicians, so it’s fitting that we’re supporting this celebratory showcase of the next generation of England’s exciting young musical talent as they perform on bandstands across the country.”
The Coronation Bandstand Project is an excellent opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talents while participating in a historic event. Opportunities and bursaries are available for those who wish to participate.
For more information, visit: https://www.mfy.org.uk/get-involved/kings-coronation/
List of locations:
East of England:
- Gorleston-on-Sea Bandstand, Norfolk – 6 May
- Berry Hill Park and Bandstand, Mansfield – 7 May
- The Kirkby Plaza, Nottingham – 8 May
- Raphael’s Park Bandstand, Romford – 7 May
- Fassnidge Park Bandstand, Uxbridge – 7 May
- Richardson Dees Park, North Tyneside – 6 May
- Crawley Bandstand, Memorial Gardens – 7 May
- Brighton Bandstand – 7 May
- Rochester Castle Gardens – 7 May
- Princess Pavillion, Falmouth – 6 May
- Penzance – 6 May
- Vivary Park Bandstand, Taunton – 6 and 7 May
- MAC Outdoor Theatre, Birmingham – 8 May