Young musicians from all over the UK are in Birmingham this week for the Music for Youth National Festival.

This six day music festival (2-7 July) showcases inspirational young musicians from across the UK, as Music for Youth bring 12,000 young musicians to Birmingham to perform in some of the city’s top venues including the THSHBirmingham Conservatoire, the HMV Institute and the Ikon Gallery.

Throughout the week there are performances of jazz, orchestral, rock, folk and world, wind and brass, pop, choral and chamber music.

Learn more about the festival at, or follow the action on Twitter via updates from @MusicForYouth or by following the #MFYbrum hashtag.

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A taste of the festival action so far:

All images © Alick Cotterill, 2012

Royal Albert Hall and Music for Youth

The Royal Albert Hall have been proud major sponsors of Music for Youth since 2011.
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The two organisations have a long standing relationship, with Music for Youth first presenting the acclaimed Schools Prom concerts at the Hall since 1975. In 2005, both organisations began working more closely together, staging the London Primary Proms, free inspirational concerts for young people performed by young people.

The relationship continues with the annual return of the Primary Proms and Schools Proms, as well as the ongoing Junior ignite concert series in the Hall’s Café Consort. Music for Youth and the Royal Albert Hall Education teams work together to develop an excellent creative partnership with the collected aim of creating more musical opportunities for young people.