Bridging the gap between a dream and reality the co founders of the Youth Music Council dared to dream of a venture of such unimaginable proportions that, at the time, it seemed as if it would remain as just that. However, with unfaltering resolve, the Co-Founders took their first steps down a difficult and uncertain path with one purpose in mind. To establish an organization through which young musicians of Sri Lanka could be empowered.
Joining on invitation by members representing Music Societies from three educational institutes in Colombo, the long and difficult path was slowly traversed while overcoming many a challenge along the way. Thus March 3, 2009 saw the realization of a dream taking place. The Music Societies of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Bishop’s College Colombo 3, Nalanda College Colombo 10 and Ladies’ College Colombo 7 combined as the founder Music Societies to inaugurate the Youth Music Council and thus exhibited a resolve and passion which would take the Council from strength to strength in the months and years to come.
At present the Youth Music Council is in the process of handing over the reins to a relatively new, but enthusiastic, and talented leadership. The new Executive Committee for the year 2011/2012 was inducted on April 7 2011 at the second induction and awards Ceremony of the Youth Music Council and has thus begun a new chapter in Council history.
The impetus which drove the founder members on, reached new heights a mere three months into the existence of the Youth Music Council. As its inaugural project, the council organized a seminar covering the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Western Music Practical syllabus in June 2009. The success of the project, in all respects, was beyond anyone’s expectations.
In the wake of successive seminars, the Council undertook its most challenging project, an Instrumental Competition titled ‘INSTRIAGO’. Inexperienced as they were, the members overcame the numerous challenges with organizing a competition which culminated with a concert and conducted one of the most successful projects of the Youth Music Council to date.
The reputation earned also created opportunities for growth and by March 2010 the Council had expanded to seven affiliated Music Societies (the three newly affiliated societies represent St. Peter’s College Col 4, Holy Family Convent Col 4 and Royal College Col 7 in the Youth Music Council) bringing in new ideas and resources with which to better serve the field of music in Sri Lanka.