by Sana Abu-Jabir (Yr 11)
During the Christmas holidays I spent most of my time rehearsing with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) at a residential course at Warwick University. Although I have worked with several orchestras before, NYO exceeded all my expectations.
Everything is very intense (in a positive way) and you are treated like a professional musician in a professional orchestra. The camaraderie is great and in my case the percussion section was just fantastic. What I enjoyed most was that everyone is treated equally, there is no tolerance for big egos and everyone respects one another.
I really enjoyed working in sectionals and then coming together as one large orchestra of 164 teenagers. As a percussionist I get the chance to look at all the musicians in front of me and it was breathtaking to watch all of these talented teenagers play their instruments with such passion.
We performed in Coventry, London and Nottingham and the motto of our tour was “Rise Up”! In the face of an education crisis, this year NYO decided to share music with a point to make encouraging all teenagers to make their voices heard. Our conductor was Jamie Martín and our repertoire was:
- Eisler: Auf den Strassen zu Singen
- Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
- Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 'The Year 1905'
I loved every minute of it and I am very much looking forward to the NYO Spring residency and concert tour.
For the rest of the term I have a few other projects lined up which include work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance at the Southbank Centre with The Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a concert at Regent Hall for the Salvation Army and I will also be performing again with the Docklands Sinfonia e14 Orchestra.