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ENCORE: 40 Years of the NYMT

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To celebrate 40 years of the National Youth Music Theatre, the Adelphi fizzed with 200 starlets for a sparkling gala performance.

The glittering evening took place on Sunday and featured performances from NYMT students both past and present, honouring productions throughout the 40 years. Founder and Artistic Director Jeremy James Taylor kicked off the evening with a charming story of their first ever student who was stood on the stage and opened the gala with The Ballad of Salomon Pavey – the wonderful Jasper Britton.

Gina Beck delivered a stunning rendition of ‘Miss Hardcastle’s Wedding’ from The Kissing Dance and spoke of her fond memories at the company, and the opportunities that have led her to where she is today. The huge gushes of appreciation continued to flow with appearances from Tom Chambers, Siena Kelly, Adibayo Bolaji and Simon Thomas plus many more. There were also many videos of best wishes from The Cursed Child star Jamie Parker, Lily James and Ben Barnes.

Gavin Spokes gave a lively performance of ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat’ from Guy and Dolls, with incredible support from the NYMT students. We also saw a taster of new musical Imaginary by Timothy Knapman and Stuart Matthew Price that has been commissioned by the NYMT and opens next year – it looked incredible.

However the night really belonged to the shining youngsters who dazzled the Adelphi with an evening of heart-bursting performances. They are the talent of the future and the West End better be ready as there are some super stars coming through. Their confidence and professionalism was truly outstanding and a real credit to the phenomenal work of NYMT.

Of course the evening wouldn’t have happened without the vision of one man – Jeremy James Taylor (or JJ as the kids called him). Who 40 years ago founded a place where fledgling musical stars could grow, develop and belong with the support and guidance of a passionate and exceptional team of staff, including producer Jeremy Walker.

So here’s to a bright and prosperous future for the National Youth Music Theatre, and to all who pass through the doors of this remarkable organisation.

Hip Hip Horray!

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(Photo courtesy of Konrad Bartelski)

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