ABRAHAM DARBY SHOWBAND RECEIVE SCHOOLS PROM INVITE Following on from their busy July schedule, the highlight of which was the awarding of an Outstanding Performance Award at the National Festival of Music for Youth held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham for the fourth successive year, the Showband from the Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, Telford have received an invitation to participate in the Schools Prom to be held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Wednesday 9th November. This appearance will be the third time that the Showband have been invited to appear at the Schools Prom in the last five years, with the school’s Jazz Band having participated on a previous occasion. The 2005 Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall celebrates the very best of music-making by young musicians, singers and dancers from every corner of the British Isles. 3,000 young performers, from schools and music groups of every kind, will come together to show just why this country leads the world in its sheer breadth of musical form and participation. The Schools Proms take place over three nights on 7, 8 and 9 November 2005, with audiences of over 14,000 being treated to every kind of music ranging from boy-bands to near professional orchestras. The exuberance, skills and talent of these gifted young performers will reach a climax each evening with a spine-tingling finale of fireworks, balloons and the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance March". Simon Platford, the School’s Director of Performing Arts said “that he was extremely pleased and honoured to receive the invitation from Music for Youth and this was a result of the Showband’s excellent performance at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham where they obtained a standing ovation following their awesome performance of Impressions of Japan. This invitation reflected the growing reputation of the School in the standard and quality of its music excellence over many years and confirmed the sustained success that had been achieved over many years”.