AA0001: Music For Youth (MFY) – National Festival 2016 – Several schools performing orchestral music.

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It was a real pleasure seeing Francis Winston, a classically trained Composer, Clarinetist & Saxophonist, Producer, Educator, Writer, and now currently Head of Music at The Charter School (Southwark, London) conducting his schools mixed age group orchestra at the Music for Youth National Festival 2016 (July 7th) in Birmingham, wonderful!


Many of his former clients and students have gone on to become music industry professionals, working with established artists such as Damon Dash, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Jay-Z, Jessie-J, Leona Lewis, Naughty Boy, Pharrell Williams and Tim Westwood but to name a few.

Music for Youth returned to Birmingham with the largest youth music festival to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring young musicians. The city came alive with 5 days of extraordinary music, taking place across 3 world class stages and city-centre locations. There were over 400 live performances.  Have a listen here on uLearn Naturally Radio to some of the great school performances I heard, including The Charter School’s ground breaking performance of A Fifth Of Beethoven and Going The Distance (Bill Conti).

It is important to note Francis Winston’s grand and successful efforts in bringing the empowerment of being on national platforms to children of diverse heritage. These national platforms should feel honoured too, even if they never seem to recognise the facts and inner vibes.

Hail the young people of The Charter School Orchestra.

Hail Master Winston, keep up the great works.

You’ve got to checkout The Charter School’s Blog, their voice, their experience:  http://www.charter.southwark.sch.uk/news/?pid=15&nid=6&storyid=123