Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Royal Albert Hall

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010

Friday, August 15 - THE Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra has been awarded the highest accolade by being selected to play in the Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

THE Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra has been awarded the highest accolade by being selected to play in the Schools' Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London

The orchestra which has played to packed Exmouth audiences at Manor Gardens was chosen by Music for Youth to appear in the final of its three Schools' Proms.

This is the first time that an ensemble run by the Devon County Council's Music Service has been selected for this honour.

Brian Moore, the manager of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, said, "I was absolutely gobsmacked when I received the phone call asking if we'd like to take Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra up to London to play in the Schools' Proms."

The scale of this achievement is underlined by the fact that each night will feature only a dozen groups from around the country and will have an audience of around 5,000 people.

DYJO is run by Devon County Council's Music Service, alongside six other youth ensembles spanning a range of musical styles.

All seven groups will be recruiting for new members in September.

For more information visit www.devon.gov.uk/musicservice

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