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Birmingham, UK – Music for Youth is thrilled to announce the return of its highly anticipated National Music Festival, taking place from the 4th to the 6th of July, 2024. This three-day celebration of live music promises to be a spectacular showcase of talent, featuring a diverse range of performances by young musicians from across the UK.


Every July, thousands of young musicians descend on Birmingham, performing at some of the city's most iconic venues as part of this annual festival. The event is open to the public and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the vibrant energy and creativity of the next generation of musical talent.


Come and indulge in three days of vibrant live music! Experience the talents of up-and-coming young musicians across various genres including jazz, soul, funk, choirs, orchestras, and much more. 


Everyone is welcome to join us! The festival is open to the public and will be held at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and CBSO Centre, featuring a Fringe stage in Centenary Square. 


Performances by the next generation of young musicians. Not-to-be-missed highlights of this year’s festival include:


  • Night of 1000 Voices: A celebration of the voice. Choirs and vocal groups from across the whole country join us to celebrate the joy of singing and the voice in all its many forms. From choristers to gospel, rap and singing.  


  • Friday Night Showcase: features some of the most exciting young jazz musicians from across the UK.  


  • ‘Fringe stage’ in Centenary Square: Enjoy a mix of musical performances in the heart of Birmingham, showcasing a variety of genres from jazz and soul to funk and beyond.


  • Workshops with music industry professionals: Gain insights and hone your music business skills with guidance from some of the best in the music industry.


  • Music for Youth’s new partnership with ABRSM brings a special BBC Ten Pieces workshop to Town Hall, aiming to open up the world of classical music to children and young people, introducing them to a variety of pieces and encouraging them to explore their own creativity.


  • Youth Citizens’ Assembly: A specially curated assembly where young people can voice their opinions on the future of the music industry, facilitated by leading industry experts.


"We are incredibly excited to bring together so many talented young musicians for this year's National Music Festival," said Phil Castang, CEO of Music for Youth. "This event not only provides a platform for young performers to shine but also fosters a sense of community and collaboration among participants and audiences alike. We can't wait to see Birmingham come alive with music this July."


The Music for Youth National Festival is a unique opportunity to support and celebrate young musicians. Join us in Birmingham from July 4th-6th, 2024, for three unforgettable days of live music, inspiration, and discovery.


For more information about the Music for Youth National Music Festival, including the full schedule and ticket details, please visit https://mfy.org.uk/get-involved/national-festival-2024/