Youngsters showcase talent in Newham Music Trust festival

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Young Musicians will be showcasing their talents as Newham Music Trust launches their annual festival next week.

The trust will be holding the 2015 Festival of Youth next Tuesday.

Organisers hope the festival will follow on from the success of the inaugural festival held at Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last year.

Guests can also look forward to a special song composed by award-winning composer, Errollyn Wallen MBE.

The song, called, Heavenly, A Song for Newham, has been written for massed vocal performance and will feature singers from schools across the borough and will be led by Newham Music Trust’s Extraordinary Voices choir, and vocal lead, Oscar Wood, during the festival.

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Errolyn said the inspiration for the song comes from the choir itself.

She said: “Meeting Extraordinary Voices and hearing them sing under the inspiring leadership of Oscar Wood, has greatly shaped and informed the song I have composed.

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“As I wrote the words and the music, I could hear their voices in my head and see everyone’s faces. This is what composing is all about — an adventure with new friends.”

The festival will see ensembles, choirs, and over twenty schools from across the borough come together to perform in front of the live audience.

Tom Kerstens, CEO of the Newham Music Trust, said: “It is very important that the children have something to work towards and this festival gives them this chance.

“The fact that we have Errollyn Wallen composing a song is also great for them and she is an inspiration showing the students where they can get to.”

During the event, guests can look forward to performances from Newham Youth Orchestra, up-and-coming bands from the borough and a massed vocal performance.

Tom added: “We are extremely pleased to be staging the second edition of our festival this July. The quality of talent across the borough needs to be showcased and we feel this festival is a perfect way to do that, in coming years we plan to build the festival into a multi-day event so that we can get as many children and young people from across our extraordinary borough performing!”

The event takes place at The Troxy next Tuesday. Visit for information.

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