It was a very early start to catch the 5am coach from the Hexagon – the time an absolute necessity in order to reach the Royal Albert Hall for a sound check at 12.00 and a concert at 1.00pm. The East Riding Senior Percussion Ensemble had been selected from hundreds of groups to perform in Spotlight On: New Music at the Music for Youth Proms 2019.

Hosted by the young composer, Jack Pepper, the concert took place in the Elgar Room, upstairs in the Royal Albert Hall. There were three groups and one duo taking part. Our percussionists opened the show, giving superb performances of Connor McAteer’s Nightfall, followed by Liam Constantine’s Victory. Both composers are current members of the ensemble.

The second of this year’s MfY Schools’ Proms began at 7.00pm. Members of the ERSPE viewed the whole fantastic evening’s performance from the main arena itself. They took part in the finale – singing and performing actions in a massed performance of the song, The Future Is Us, written by Joy Moore and Patrick Bailey for this very occasion.

What an incredible and memorable 23 hour-long day arriving back in Beverley at 4.00am!