On Monday 5th September the Longfleet Orchestra took part in the fantastic Music For Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The adventure began way back in 2016 when Soundstorm and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra invited us to help compose and perform a piece of music to celebrate the BSO’s 125th birthday. Have a look at the great video (on our Music page) from Hands-On Media which will tell you more about our journey from there to the Royal Albert Hall.
The concert on Monday was truly amazing. We were inspired by the performances from other groups including an outstanding trumpet soloist, awesome rock bands, a very professional young brass band, uplifting choirs and impressive orchestras. However, the highlight of the evening was the massed ensemble performance of Symphony 125. We were part of an ensemble of 600 secondary, primary and special school pupils from Poole, Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight and Southampton as well as BSO musicians. The piece featured orchestral music, singing, body percussion, a ‘chimes take-over’ and a hand bell section; it had the whole audience on their feet applauding at the end! The concert ended with finale song performed by everyone. At the end of the song balloons fell from the ceiling, fireworks exploded and streamers filled the air – a spectacular end to a spectacular concert!