Music Service Gala showcases Hackney’s best young musical talent

Youngsters at the music gala (Photo: Hackney Council / Gary Manhine)

Youngsters at the music gala (Photo: Hackney Council / Gary Manhine) - Credit: council

Almost 400 performers from 39 schools wowed the packed-out audience at the Hackney Empire at the annual Music Service Gala.

The event at the Mare Street theatre showcased some of the some of the best young musical talent in Hackney and included performances from borough-wide ensembles, orchestras and choirs, as well as school groups and partnerships.

The fourth annual Mayor’s Music Awards, set up by the Mayor of Hackney to celebrate the most promising musicians in the borough were also awarded on the night.

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said: “Hackney is home to some incredibly talented young musicians. It was fantastic to see so many people come along to listen and appreciate the hard work that goes into each performance.”

Shania Charles, 14, from Our Lady’s Convent High School, who won an award for her musical achievements on oboe and violin said she was happy to win: “I hope to be a professional oboist when I grow up.

“Music is great - you learn something new, make friends and have fun. I hope other people here watching will want to take up an instrument. I would suggest trying the oboe as it is an endangered instrument but it is really cool to play.”