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Electric Proms at Warwick Arts Centre

YOUNG musicians from Coventry are set to showcase their skills alongside nationally acclaimed ensemble Armonico Consort.The group of 12 – aged between 16 and 21 – have all come through Positive Youth Foundation’s Changing Trax project, which offers music as a platform to allow young adults to express themselves.

The project concludes with a professional performance at Warwick Arts Centre in November lead by former BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year Toby Young.

‘Changing Trax – Electric Proms’ includes seven original tracks with the orchestra and youth choir – from country to hip hop – as well as four cover songs.

The Coventry City of Culture Trust has made a significant contribution to the project along with the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Susie Murphy from the Positive Youth Foundation, said: “We asked them what would be the ultimate achievement for them musically – some said getting a record deal, one said performing with Jay-Z. Another talked about the time that Dizzee Rascal collaborated with an orchestra and how that brought a new dimension to his work.

“The group agreed that this would bring a sense of credibility and a show of approval for their music and got very excited at the prospect but, of course, it’s quite costly to put this kind of show together.

“At Positive Youth Foundation, we strive to provide young people with access to the highest quality opportunities.

“So now that this project is happening it will genuinely make this young group of musician’s dreams come true.”

“The original pieces have been created by the young people themselves over the past seven years through their determination, hard work and passion. It is going to be wonderful and a real example of what Coventry is all about.”