AN AWARD-WINNING composer has worked closely with school children to create “a triumph” for a concert at a major London venue.

Children from low-income backgrounds in Brighton and Hove have been given access to music tuition through a UK-wide charity and will be performing on Monday, October 29 at Wilton’s Music Hall in Whitechapel, London, one of the oldest music halls in the world.

The concert is celebrating the Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) 20th anniversary, the charity that provide the Brighton Furthering Talent programme which gives children access to private music tuition that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Brighton-based composer James Redwood wrote the music to accompany lyrics written by the schoolchildren from Cartlon Hill Primary in Brighton and West Blatchington Primary in Hove. The song is called “Music Is At The Heart Of Me” and narrates the children’s feelings towards music.

Hester Cockcroft, chief executive for AYM said: “The lyrics are wonderful. ‘On the saddest day, on the darkest night, when I’m all alone, music’s there to bring me light’.” It will be such an amazing opportunity for the children to not only sing but meet other award-winning musicians at the event.

The furthering talent programme, which has been given support from the Chalk Cliff Trust, a foundation set up to provide grants to charities in East Sussex, aims to bring teachers, parents and children together to explore different areas of music.

Ms Cockcroft said: “I think they will have a great time, they will get to see people really going places in their musical career. It’s not just about financial support, it’s about introducing children to other musicians, building community support and expanding the children’s musical horizons.”

Mr Redwood said: “The groups at Carlton Hill and West Blatchington rolled up their sleeves and came up with some absolutely belting melodies and lyrics. Our performances in school were already sounding amazing so things are only going to get even more exciting. It’s going to be a triumph.”