© PHOTO Tony Nandi – Youth Participants in 'Sum of Parts’, Sadler's Wells May 2011

Sadler’s Wells has been selected to form the new National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), which will become England’s flagship national company for dance. With a £200,000 funding package from the Department for Education, coupled with a further £200,000 from Arts Council England, the NYDC will provide 90 performers aged 16 to 19 with intensive training and performance opportunities led by world-leading choreographers, with a view to developing their performance skills in preparation for a professional career in dance. The establishment of such a company was a recommendation that featured in the National Plan for Music Education and Darren Henley’s recent review of Cultural Education (AP249). Another of his recommendations – to extend ‘In Harmony’, a national music programme based on the Venezuelan El Sistema – is also becoming a reality, with the Sage Gateshead, Nottingham City Council, Opera North and Telford & Wrekin Music appointed to deliver four new In Harmony projects between 2012 and 2015, making a total of six of these projects across the country.