Tomorrow’s Warriors were thrilled to be invited to help National Express launch their industry-leading Youth Promise at London’s Transport Museum on 9 July. The Youth Promise is a major new travel initiative designed by young people for young people, which places them at the heart of decision-making in regard to access to public transport and the provision of affordable travel.
The Youth Promise sets out five core pledges:
An ongoing commitment to deliver value travel
Working at a grassroots level with young people in the communities across the UK
Supporting young people into work and education
Delivering the most accessible public transport network possible
Providing platforms on which to showcase youth talent
Following a brief presentation by National Express UK Coach Managing Director, Tom Stables, a trio of our Youth Warriors performed two pieces, bringing the launch to a wonderful musical close.
Congratulations to Richie Seivwright (trombone), Daisy Corder (double bass) and Tommy Remon (guitar) who did themselves and Tomorrow’s Warriors very proud indeed with an excellent performance.
Unfortunately, a delay beyond the control of National Express meant that our trumpeter, Joe Linton had to rush off without playing a note as he needed to get back to school for another performance. This left Richie holding the baby, so to speak, and she is to be specially commended for the way she slipped effortlessly into the role of band leader.
Very well done all, and congratulations to National Express on the successful launch of this pioneering youth transport initiative.
We were absolutely thrilled to hear that Tomorrow’s Warriors music leader Nathaniel Facey alongside vibist Lewis Wright were invited to join the world-class Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform two pieces in front of a packed Barbican Centre on Wednesday 2nd July.
So inspired by the whole experience, Nathaniel has already touched base today with a sea of ideas gleaned from the Lincoln Center musicians that he plans to incorporate into his regular Development Group sessions. “I learned so much, so quickly from working with the orchestra yesterday. Every musician on stage shared an absolute commitment to the music. The swing feel, the ensemble playing and the lyricism of each soloist…it was incredible to be a part of it,” he said.
Nathaniel is one of our core faculty members, but also a graduate of Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme. We are very proud to have helped him on his journey as an artist to this point, but equally proud to have him working with and inspiring the next generation of Warriors.
Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors received confirmation that Arts Council England will continue and increase its investment in our organisation over the next three years as part of its prestigious National Portfolio. According to Arts Council England:
The 2015-18 National Portfolio shows our commitment to organisations that produce work of outstanding quality; that will attract wider audiences; and that will make a valuable contribution to the cultural lives of young people.
Naturally, we are delighted with the news. Renewal of our status as a National Portfolio Organisation and continued funding is recognition that, over the past 23 years, Tomorrow’s Warriors has built up an excellent track record in delivering high quality services in the UK’s music and cultural sector. We are grateful to Arts Council England for acknowledging this with an 18.3% uplift in our funding.