Musical Youth was founded by Peter and Heather Antonelli in May 1992 with the aim of providing an outlet for the singing, acting and dancing talent of local children. When over sixty children turned up for the first rehearsal, we realised we had tapped into a real need in our community. Since that day, Musical Youth hasn't looked back and we always have an eager group of youngsters desperate to join us.
Our first "Showtime" concert took place in November 1992 at Prestonpans Community Centre and, in June 1993, our first full-scale musical - "Calamity Jane" - hit town and played to packed houses.
During that first production of "Calamity", some of the adults and parents who were helping back stage and front of house commented on the fun the children were having and wished they could be involved. So in September 1993, we formed our adult group Encore. They took part in our annual "Showtime " concert in November and performed their first musical "Brigadoon" at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh in May 1994.
Both groups have always had great support from the local community and they have developed strong links in many areas. We perform annually for the residents of Leuchie House, a holiday home for M.S, sufferers, in an event organised by the Rotary Club of Longniddry. Also we raise money every year for the Radio Forth "Help a Child" appeal and "Riding for the Disabled" and regularly sing to the residents of many of our local nursing homes and church guilds.
Peter studied Piano at Royal College Of Music in London. As a pianist he has performed at Music Clubs and Arts Societies throughout the country. Performances have included solo recitals at Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, The Maltings Franham and also in Italy. He has also been broadcast in three solo piano recitals on the BBC. Peter is Director and Musical Director for Musical Youth and Encore and has been involved in the production of Musical Theatre for over 30 years. He has been involved in the production of 57 musicals. He is Co-ordinator of Instrumental Music for East Lothian. In 2005 Peter was awarded the MBE for services to Music
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