It's play time

9th November 2007 at 00:00
This year's Music for Youth Schools Prom takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, next Monday to Wednesday (November 12-14). Around 3,000 school-age musicians, singers and dancers will perform across three evenings. Thirty-four groups have been selected from the performers at July's National Festival of Music for Youth, ranging from orchestras to steel bands, jazz to baroque.

Watch out for About Time, a nine-piece soul band from Egglescliffe School, a secondary in Stockton, Teesside. Then there's the Landau Forte Youth Theatre, from Landau Forte College in Derby, a "physical music theatre" whose 23 members, aged 13 to 18, perform an original piece in the style of a Swiss folk tale. They sing and play accordians, trombones and saxophones while acting, dancing and pretending to be scenery.

Each day will feature a different massed choir, with 500 voices apiece, from schools in Milton Keynes, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire. The event is likely to be sold out, but for ticket availability call 020 7589 8212, or visit

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