Troupe’s ‘very rare’ Royal Albert Hall gig

Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Music For Youth National Festival.
Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Music For Youth National Festival.

It is a venue that has played host to the likes of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Adele.

Now London’s Royal Albert Hall will welcome the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra (BYJO) as part of the Music for Youth Prom.

The event will see 3,000 of the UK’s brightest young musicians share the stage at the iconic venue over three nights in November.

BYJO are due to perform twice on the opening night, Monday, November 14; taking to the stage as the final act on the programme, before then helping to wrap up the evening as part of a grand finale featuring a newly-commissioned anthem.

Its members were chosen from 40,000 young musicians nationally to feature as part of the prom after impressing in the Music for Youth regional and national festivals.

Lee Hextall, who leads BYJO, said: “It’s the pinnacle of schools music making. It’s very exciting.”

“The remarkable thing about this is that we have been invited for two years in a row. It’s not unprecedented, but it’s very rare.”

BYJO is part of the Lincolnshire Music Service, for which Mr Hextall is area manager.

It has 31 members, aged between 15 and 19, but as their lives move on to such areas as university and college, this will be the final performance together for about half of them.

“It will be a really emotional evening for nearly half the orchestra,” explained Mr Hextall. “It will be an evening of memories they will never ever forget.”

BYJO is based at the Boston Music Centre at Haven High Academy, in Marian Road. It meets on Wednesdays, from 7pm to 9pm.

The Lincolnshire Music Service also runs a wind band, a junior wind band, a pop choir and a mini pop choir at the Boston Music Centre.

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