Harmony Army Triumphs at The Royal Albert Hall MFY Proms 2019
On Wednesday 13th November, 39 of our Harmony Army choir spent an amazing day at The Royal Albert Hall to perform at the Music For Youth (MFY) Proms 2019. The choir was invited to take part as a result of their exciting performances at regional and national festivals.
Following months of hard work and dedication from everyone involved, the choir’s finale of ‘Here I Am’ and ‘Lifted’ in a lunchtime concert in the prestigious Elgar Room’s ‘Spotlight On: New Music’ delighted the audience. Interviewed by Jack Pepper of Scala Radio, Tony and Ore endorsed Hurstmere’s support of The Alzheimer Society’s 40th Anniversary and explained how the song had been written and produced in Studio Fix. They promoted the song being available to purchase iTunes, Apple Music and other platforms to help raise funds for the charity.
The evening Proms showcased high quality performances from some of the UK’s most creative, innovative and dynamic young musicians. Harmony Army were delighted to collaborate and support Owain Felstead & Friends, a young Welsh singer-songwriter and his choir.
Our boys were thrilled to be asked to headline the finale ‘The Future is Us’, written and produced especially for this year’s MFY Proms, accompanied by an orchestra and big band. Whilst the majority of the choir were performing from directly behind the orchestra, seven boys – Raphael, Haydn, Daniel, Tony, Ore, Elijah and Israel – led from the front of the stage.
To the delight of our lead singers, the end of the finale features fireworks and a balloon drop, and they lapped up the applause and ovations. The audience certainly went home enthused by the excitement and energy of everyone involved.
The drive and passion that Harmony Army has shown this year was well- rewarded. Their behaviour throughout the day was brilliant and was real testament to the level of passion, commitment and musical talent we have at Hurstmere.
A huge thank you to Mr Gilbert for his dedication, commitment and time spent preparing the boys to such a high standard. Additional thanks to Mrs Ahern, Mr Ballard and Mr Monks for their help and support of this event.
To all the pupils involved, including two ex-pupils (Gary and Joe) Hurstmere is very proud of all your efforts. Well done to you everyone.