Music for Youth (MFY) is a national music education charity which allows young, aspiring musicians across the UK, free access to performance and audience opportunities. Last month MFY held its national festival in Birmingham Symphony Hall and it was great to see pBone alongside its sister instrument - pTrumpet - for the first time.
The week-long festival featured a variety of musical performances from classical and jazz all the way through to pop and rock as thousands of talented young musicians, aged 5-21, took to the stage at Symphony Hall, Town Hall and Birmingham Conservatoire venues.
This year the MFY National Festival celebrated its 10th year in Birmingham and to mark the occasion MFY included a range of special activities and events such as satellite stages, professional performances and a Festival Fringe with an interactive zone and a family experience.
The Normans Make Some Noise zone gave young musicians a chance to try a whole range of musical instruments including pBone and pTrumpet.
The festival was made even more exciting, for us, as we were able to see pBones and pTrumpets being played together in a series of education workshops across the week. The workshops gave young children the opportunity to learn how to play their first notes on brass instruments.
We were delighted to see the enthusiasm from all those who took part in the festival and workshops. Enthusiasm which was expressed when the Normans Make Some Noise zone was treated to a spontaneous performance by a group of friends, started by a young boy on one of our very own pBones.
You can read more about the Music for Youth Festival here.