Image: Southampton Music Centre

It has been dubbed the “event of a lifetime”. More than one hundred young people from the Isle of Wight have performed on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London, alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in a Music For Youth concert.

From the Island, musicians from Medina and Carisbrooke colleges, the Island Free School and Christ the King College joined children from the Isle of Wight Music Centre. Some were as young as 6 years old.

Speaking during the day, Matt Brombley, Projects and Partnerships Manager for Southampton and Isle of Wight Music Hubs, said:

“There is an incredible buzz in the air this afternoon. From the moment we arrived to gasps of amazement on the coaches, through to setting up and rehearsing in our places for this evening: this awe inspiring venue has encouraged each and every young musician to raise the level of their own performance to match their world-class surroundings. We’re so excited to be part of tonight’s stellar lineup, and to share Symphony 125 with the world.”

In all, six hundred people travelled from the south coast to the capital and two hundred were pupils, parents and teachers from the Isle of Wight.