Today, Friday 28th September, YolanDa Brown, the UK's premiere female saxophonist will be performing at the Guildhall in Portsmouth as part of BBC Music Day, and more than 1400 local children will be there to be part of the celebrations.
For an hour at 10.00am the children, aged from 6 to 16, will enjoy YolanDa' Brown's stunning stage show inside the Guildhall. Afterwards, at 11.15am, YolanDa, her band and all the children will assemble on the Guildhall steps to perform 'One World'.
'One World' is the national anthem for Portsmouth Music Hub's year-long environmental campaign which aims to promote environmental awareness to every child in the city 'one song at a time'. Throughout the year the Music Hub will take drama into local schools, run art and poetry competitions, launch special social media campaigns, leading up to the 'One World' concert on June 5th 2019, marking World Environment Day with a major event at Portsmouth's Guildhall.
Sue Beckett, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Music Hub said about the event on Friday: "BBC Music Day will be a fantastic occasion, and it's our City's opportunity to tell the rest of the country that the cultural community in Portsmouth is thriving. We're delighted that YolanDa Brown, an international artist who is committed to inspiring the next generation of young performers, will be joining us for the day; I know the children are going to be completely amazed by her music and stage show."
On top of touring at home and abroad, and presenting on BBC Radio 2 and Sky, YolanDa Brown is a multi-award winning saxophonist and has reached number 1 on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts, she is also the Chair of Youth Music, the national charity which invests in music-making projects for children in challenging circumstances.
Sue Beckett, leads the award-winning team of musicians and teachers at Portsmouth Music Hub, she said, "BBC Music Day brings together musicians and performers from all over the country to celebrate the impact that music has on all our lives and the power that music has to unite communities. I know that the BBC were delighted to be filming our special concert with YolanDa Brown, and they were particularly pleased to be part of our One World environmental campaign. We all know that music has the power to change lives, and if in the next year our music has the power to change the way young people engage with their environment then we'll have made an impact that may last a lifetime."