As the bunting comes down after a triumphant Jubilee weekend in the UK, we wanted to recognise the contribution of a special organisation who Andrew has recently collaborated with – the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST).
A choir of budding performers from MiSST were an integral part of the children’s choir who brought the nation together to sing ‘Any Dream Will Do’ at the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4th June. This was part of the Musicals section, which was curated by Andrew himself. MiSST also joined Andrew and the Joseph team to help us create a special edition of the original track Any Dream Will Do from Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
How fitting that, a show that started life as a school cantata written for children, has now brought talented and passionate young musicians onto a global stage to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee!
The Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) works with disadvantaged secondary schools, and provides both classical instruments and regular music tuition for every child. Providing a 3-year programme of musical learning and education (at no cost to the students) built into the school’s curriculum, MiSST helps over 10,200 students a week to engage in group music lessons. A further 8,500 students have also completed and benefitted the 3 year Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme curriculum.
Speaking on the experience, Jasmine (aged 12) of the MiSST choir said:
“I have had the best time ever being in front of the amazing crowds, I am never going to forget this wonderful experience and keep it with me forever.”
Danette, also aged 12, commented that:
“I am forever grateful and honoured and this has had a massive impact on my life. My love for music and singing has heightened enormously and would like to build a career in music.”
Discussing MiSST and the impact of arts on young people, Andrew said:
“Engagement in the arts changes lives. The positive impact of the arts on health, social mobility and wellbeing are now irrefutable. I passionately believe that everyone in this country, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be able to participate and I am thrilled MiSST’s music programme will make the difference for young people.”
To see the incredible talents from MiSST in action, take a look at the Any Dream Will Do music video:
You can also stream or download the track here: