Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visits London Chamber Orchestra’s Music Junction Programme

On Wednesday 4 May, 2016, the London Chamber Orchestra’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, attended the dress rehearsal of I Am You, Brave and Strong – a new work commissioned by LCO for Music Junction, the orchestra’s education and outreach programme.

Composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the work incorporates a theme ‘donated’ by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, alongside contributions from the young participants of LCO Music Junction. I Am You, Brave and Strong will receive its world premiere at Cadogan Hall on Friday 6 May.

Since 2010 LCO Music Junction has brought together over 1,000 young people from all backgrounds and varying musical ability to share in the joy of creative music-making – helping them to develop empathy, self-confidence and a sense of aspiration, as well as engendering a lasting interest in classical music.

In a foreword to this year’s world premiere, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall described LCO Music Junction’s impact on young people:

“What makes Music Junction so remarkable is the wide range of backgrounds of the participants – from independent schools to Barnardo’s schools and young carers projects. Everyone has something to contribute, and in working together to create a piece, they have grown not only in their understanding of music, but of each other.”

The premiere of I Am You, Brave and Strong will feature 130 children, aged between 9 and 17 and drawn from 14 schools and organisations across Havering, Waltham Forest, Kent and Berkshire. They will meet together for the first time at the dress rehearsal following six months of workshops, with many having only recently begun playing an instrument:

“I felt really nervous because it was my first time, I’d never played an instrument before and there were loads of people, but at the end of it we realised we didn’t need to be scared.” – MJ Participant, Havering Young Carers

The rehearsal took place at The People’s Palace, part of Queen Mary University of London. LCO’s long-standing relationship with QMUL continues into 2016/17 when QMUL’s Director of Music, Paul Edlin, succeeds Cheryl Frances-Hoad as LCO Music Junction’s composer-in-residence.

For further information, read the full press release by clicking here.