Camden schools raise the roof at Royal Albert Hall

Camden school and youth bands, orchestras and mass choirs gave a stunning performance of music ranging from classical, opera and jazz to African drumming and popular songs at the Camden Music Festival 2012, held at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Monday).
Among those performing were the Camden Youth Jazz Band, Camden Youth Orchestra, Fitzjohn’s Primary School djembe drummers, as well as mass primary and secondary school choirs.

The event, which has been running every two years since 1998, was compered by Channel 4 News presenter and Camden resident Jon Snow.

Jon Snow, who has compered previous Camden Music Festivals, said: “Every now and then, I meet a fully grown man or woman in Camden and they tell me that we last met in the Albert Hall and that the evening we had there together has left a lasting impression on their lives.”

The event is jointly organised by Camden Council’s music service and the Council's training and development service, in collaboration with local schools and music groups.

Councillor Nasim Ali OBE, Leader of Camden Council, welcomed children and families to the Royal Albert Hall.

Councillor Ali said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for so many children and young people from Camden’s schools to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. To be able to do this in front of families and friends is a fantastic experience for them.”

Councillor Larraine Revah, the Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said: "Well done to all the children and young people who performed. I know this meant a great deal to them, their teachers and families."
Other guests included the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Abdul Quadir, who thanked everyone for taking part, and Camden Council's Chief Executive Mike Cooke.

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