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Seven Seeds

Thursday 4 June 2015


Seven Seeds

The Royal College of Music is delighted to be part of Seven Seeds – an exciting performance taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 June featuring over 1,200 young musicians.

Organised by the Tri-Borough Music Hub, the concert will feature a new piece inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone written by 350 children with writer Hazel Gould and award-winning composer John Barber, an RCM alumnus.

The Royal College of Music, Royal Albert Hall and Aurora Orchestra are the three Strategic Partners of the Tri-borough Music Hub (TBMH), which oversees the delivery of music education in the three West London boroughs: Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster. The RCM’s contribution to TBMH is provided by our ground-breaking Learning and Participation programme RCM Sparks.

Seven Seeds is part of the Hub’s remit to support the musical development of thousands of students from Tri-borough schools and to inspire a new generation by making music accessible to all children and young people, irrespective of age, ability and cultural background.  As well as the chance to perform on the world’s most famous stage, Seven Seeds also allows students to take part in a range of mentoring and training sessions in the lead-up to the performance at the Hall in June, including vocal workshops and instrumental training from the Royal College of Music.  

Hayley Clements, Head of Learning and Participation at the Royal College of Music, said: “The Royal College of Music is delighted to be part of the ambitious Seven Seeds project. Our students have worked with many of the children from the Tri-Borough, learnt from school teachers and performed alongside professional players. This wonderful community of musicians is now excited to present a musically-enriching, high-quality performance on 23rd June.”

The climactic performance features young instrumentalists playing alongside musicians from Aurora Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and Albert’s Band, with vocals led by the Bach Choir, Chickenshed, Inner Voices and the Tri-borough vocal ensembles. It will be conducted by Nicholas Collon of Aurora Orchestra, who will also be conducting the RCM Symphony Orchestra on 26 June.

Seven Seeds has been commissioned by the Tri-borough Music Hub and is generously supported by the John Lyons Charity, The Mercers’ Company and The Golsoncott Foundation. ­­Tickets for the performance are available from the Royal Albert Hall website.

Find out more about the project in this short film by the Aurora Orchestra: