National Youth Orchestra Selection

by Charles Campbell-Peek, Yr 10 

After my successful and very challenging audition process, I was one of 164 young musicians to gain a place in the World's Best Youth Orchestra, which is the NYO. On the 28th of December, I travelled to Warwick University, where we spent 6 nights rehearsing from 8:30-20:45, with the only breaks being for lunch and dinner and a few 15 minute breaks dotted throughout the day. The repertoire was the most challenging I have ever experienced, even compared to the Junior Guildhall symphony Orchestra.

The long rehearsals were extremely hard but even more rewarding when it came to our three concerts performing Sibelius' '2nd Symphony Op.43', 'The Doctor Atomic Symphony' by John Adams and A World Premiere of 'Science Fiction' by Rick Dior at the Warwick Arts Centre, The Barbican, and The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham conducted by the World Famous, Kirill Karabits. We even had a day where some younger and some older pupils came and rehearsed with us and we help them. We then moved accommodation nearer to Nottingham for the remainder of our 13 day course.

The National Youth Orchestra is for musicians aged from 13-18 and you need to go through two rounds of auditions. This year over 800 musicians applied.

I look forward to the 6 remaining UK concerts and our tour abroad in the summer with another handful of concerts.  

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