MORE than a thousand local children and young people impressed crowds at the Royal Festival Hall with their musical prowess last night.
The Hounslow As One concert saw musical groups ranging from brass bands and percussion groups to recorder groups and an 800 strong primary school pupil choir, performing to a sell out audience in one of London's iconic performance spaces.
It took more than a year of preparation from the groups, who worked with Hounslow music service, to pull the impressive concert off.
Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council's cabinet member for education and housing, said: "It was a wonderful evening of performances, and a great showcase for the talent of local students.
“Events like this really help local young people to develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as the ability to work with others, which are crucial life skills to help them reach their potential.
“We are committed to helping students develop their creativity through music and the arts, and we are lucky to have such close relationships with our schools to support this goal, and this concert really showed how successful this has been.”
Hounslow music service works with around 8,000 students each week with the aim of giving all primary school students the chance to learn a music instrument. It also nurtures talent through a structured programme of bands and orchestras.