Deeping dynamic duo at Prom

Amileah Richards and Jacob Webb from The Deepings School in practice ahead of their duet together at the Music for Youth Schools' Prom in London on November 23.
Amileah Richards and Jacob Webb from The Deepings School in practice ahead of their duet together at the Music for Youth Schools' Prom in London on November 23.

Two students from the The Deepings School are to grace the most famous concert hall in the world later this year.

Amileah Richards (17) of Spalding and Jacob Webb (17) of Deeping St James have been invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall, London, as part of the Music For Youth Schools’ Prom from November 23 to 25.

The pair plan to perform their own work, Louisa’s Lullaby, along with their own arrangement of the theme to animated TV series The Simpsons originally composed by Danny Elfman who also wrote movie themes for Batman and Men in Black.

Jacob said: “I met Amileah in Year 8 after she saw me and a friend playing the piano in one of the practice rooms at school. Amileah was inspired to take up the piano so I began teaching her and I wrote my own piano duet compositions for us to play.

“But then Amileah became better than me and now she has both keyboard and piano lessons, so when I read the email about us being selected to play at the Royal Albert Hall, I immediately rang and woke her up.

“Melee, as her friends call her, had lost her voice that morning and so all I heard was her excited squeaks down the phone.”

Amileah and Jacob earned their invitation to the November event after impressing audiences at the National Festival of Music for Youth Finals in Birmingham where more than 8,00 young musicians took part in a five-day showcase of talent in July.

The week-long festival saw more than 8,000 talented young musicians take to the stage in some of Birmingham’s most iconic concert halls, including Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the Adrian Boult Hall in the Birmingham Conservatoire.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Music Service, which gives Amileah and Jacob individual tuition for the flute and piano, said: “After an outstanding performance at the National Festival of Music for Youth Finals, Amileah and Jacob recived an invitation to play at the Music for Youth Schools’ Prom.

“This event showcases incredible performances by 3,000 young musicians from across the UK and so Amileah and Jacob have prepared a varied repertoire, including some of their own arrangements and compositions, as well as more standard works.”

In readiness for their big night in London, Amileah and Jacob performed at The Deepings School’s annual presentation evening in Peterborough on Thursday. Headteacher Richard Trow said: “Our Year 11 and Year 13 students of 2014 were invited along to receive their summary achievement certificates and other awards relating to progress and attainment.”