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First Aid Kit to host vocal workshop with local students ahead of Albert Session gig

21 August, 2014

Royal Albert Hall partners with Swedish folk duo as part of the iconic venue’s education workshops programme.

Acclaimed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are teaming up with the Royal Albert Hall to host a workshop for 24 teenage musicians.

The event on 22 September is part of the iconic venue's groundbreaking education programme, which offers young people the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the finest musical artists on the scene.

Its 2014 programme has already seen Jake Bugg hold a two-day vocal session for local teenagers, while upcoming events include a unique masterclass with classical trumpet player and winner of three Classical BRIT Awards, Alison Balsom. All workshops are held to support the artist’s appearances at the Hall, as part of its Albert Sessions initiative.

First Aid Kit will host a vocal workshop with 24 aspiring singer-songwriters aged 12-15 from local schools within the Tri-borough Music Hub. The female students, from across seven schools including Holland Park School and Pimlico Academy, will work with the band to learn vocal techniques and harmonies to their single Emmylou.

The track was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 10 songs of 2012, and has been performed by the duo on two of the US’s most popular TV shows, Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Klara from First Aid Kit said: “We are so excited to be hosting a vocal workshop at this iconic venue. These events are a great way for artists to get involved with the Hall’s education programme and we’re honoured to have the chance to work with and inspire future talent.”

As well as receiving tickets to First Aid Kit’s Albert Sessions show, the students will also be able to pick the band’s brains in a special Q&A session, before enjoying a gig played especially for them in the Hall’s Elgar Room.

Lucy Noble, Head of Programming and Education at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “It’s great to be able to work with the hugely talented First Aid Kit to host a vocal workshop with local children. We’re delighted to provide students with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from First Aid Kit, and thrilled to be able to continue our charitable mission to educate and champion youth music.”

The Royal Albert Hall’s Albert Sessions enable artists who have not previously headlined the venue to showcase their talent on the main stage, with reduced ticket prices enabling a wider audience to attend the concerts. It is a key part of the Hall’s work to offer greater access to its Grade I listed building and line-up of world class performers.

Its education programme offers young people in London and beyond the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the finest music artists on the scene.

The Albert Sessions workshops have already seen Emeli Sandé write a brand new song with students from Hackney and Lewisham, award-winning guitar band Foals create a new version of one of their tracks with students from Haringey and Islington, and classical violinist Nicola Benedetti lead a three-day series of sessions with Conservatoire undergraduate string players, hand-picked grade 8 violinists from local schools and 150 young grade 4-6 string players from across London.

As a charity, the Royal Albert Hall strives to develop its education offer as part of its extensive public benefit remit.  Not just providing a venue for some of the world’s most popular artists, its education and outreach programme aims to support the cultural life of the country for future generations, making the Hall more accessible to all.

And the music workshop isn’t the only education event tied to First Aid Kit’s forthcoming gig. On 24 September, the date of their Albert Session, the band’s booking agent Natasha Bent will host a panel discussion and Q&A for students and young people aspiring to a career in the music industry.


Notes to editor:
For more information on the Royal Albert Hall’s education programme, please contact:

Jacqueline Clifton 020 7861 3134 / 
Rick Burin 020 7959 0531/

Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, and dance. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music for Youth through its education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs. The Hall is also a Strategic and Creative Partner for the Tri-borough Music Service, recognised as one of the country’s leading music education hubs appointed by the Arts Council.

For more information, please visit Registered charity number: 254543

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