2020 has started off with a bang! Not only does it mark Camden Music Services' 12th major music festival at the Royal Albert Hall, but it is the second time that the children from Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children have performed in the main band.
This year's piece was called 'A New Created World' and was performed by over 2000 young people, encompassing Camden's school choirs and instrumental ensembles. The piece was written by pupils at Frank Barnes School, Gospel Oak Primary School, Rhyl Primary School, and Swiss Cottage School, working with players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music - all under the musical direction of James Redwood.
The piece takes us through a journey of different themes and genres including rap, extracts from Haydn's Creation, beatbox, and even a monster groove! For me, the most uplifting message came at the end when all the choirs worked in harmony, singing and signing:
"A new created world, Living together, sharing the land,
Helping each other, hand in hand."
The piece was performed at the Camden Schools’ Music Festival on 10th March 2020. Watch the full performance here: