The Birmingham Youth Proms, which in a normal year is believed to be one of the biggest annual events of its kind in the UK, will take to the virtual stage from Monday 13 July to Thursday 16 July, each evening from 7pm to 8pm. 

The four concerts in the festival include 30 new performances created during lockdown and streamed live. Each concert is opened by the Musicians of the Royal Marines Band Service, who will also appear on screen with young musicians for six collaborative performances.

Organised by Music Service of Birmingham charity Services For Education, each evening is appropriately themed. The Proms’ first night (Monday 13 July) opens with The Call Of The Brave and includes Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Other nights include classical masterworks and appropriate favourites such as Don't Stop Me Now, I'm A Believer and Celebration. There will also be a performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, as a tribute to NHS, care and essential workers.

The concerts are free to watch but Services For Education is hoping that many will donate the usual ticket price to the charity, to enable it to continue its work with schools. Registration for the live streaming from 7pm each evening is available at servicesforeducation.co.uk/virtual-youth-proms/