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Goldie's Royal Appointment for young musicians

Goldie with Prince Harry

Drum and bass star meets Prince Harry to discuss gig at Buckingham Palace

Goldie, the drum and bass pioneer, DJ, graffiti artist and former BBC Two Maestro finalist, will be scouting raw musical talent across the country for his forthcoming TV series and will be taking his specially chosen group to perform at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of guest of honour Prince Harry, at the grand finale of his mentoring programme.

A few days ago, Goldie and Prince Harry met to discuss details of the project and the concert, which will take place in front of a specially invited audience later this year.

The new series, Goldie's Band – By Royal Appointment, for BBC Two, will follow Goldie on a mission to discover young people whose talent and passion for music is at the centre of their lives.

After a personal nationwide search, 12 young musicians will be invited to a three-day residential where they will be mentored by a team of industry experts including composer Guy Chambers, jazz artist Soweto Kinch and singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews.

After undergoing intense training the group, aged between 17 and 24, will attempt to stage a thrilling concert for an audience of special guests, including Prince Harry, at Buckingham Palace. The nature of the set and the individual contributions of the musicians to the concert will be determined during their time at two residencies.

Goldie says: "This is one of the most inspiring projects I've ever been involved with. It's all about unearthing musical talent that's under the radar in Britain – finding young people who've faced huge challenges and have never had the opportunities that they deserve."


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