The Hampton Brass Band had an unforgettable experience as they closed the show at the Music for Youth Primary Prom as Josh Bartholomew finds out:
Hampton’s Brass Band performed at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday in the Music for Youth Primary Prom event, performing to over 5,000 primary school children in two concerts. Having reached the National Festival of Music for Youth last year and performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, the band were offered the opportunity to play at the prestigious London venue. It’s the third consecutive year where a Hampton ensemble have performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms, with respected male choir Voices of Lions singing there last November, and barbershop group The Hamptonics the year before.
Playing Paul Lovatt Cooper’s ‘Home of Legends’ and ‘Enter the Galaxies’, the band, which consists of members from a wide range of year groups and abilities, closed the concert.
Hampton has an esteemed history of producing talent brass instrumentalists, with Will Thomas (OH 2018) last year reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician competition. Nicholas Dibb-Fuller, who recently took his Diploma on the Trumpet, played a solo to kick start the event, and said:
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It was amazing to play at the Royal Albert Hall and makes a great start to my last year in the ensemble.The whole experience was incredible and to be given the opportunity to open our piece with a solo fanfare in such an amazing acoustic was a great privilege.