Monday, July 9, 2012

The largest orchestra ever to play Vaughan Williams Concerto Grosso

310 young musicians from the East Riding of Yorkshire descended on Birmingham this weekend to play in the amazing venue of  Symphony Hall.
The musicians were from East Riding Youth Orchestra, East Riding Intermediate strings, East Riding strings training orchestra, Hymers school, Hull Collegiate and Hull music service.  The Collaberation was the idea of conductor Richard Quick and has involved sectional practices, group rehearsals and then heats for the Music for youth festival held in March this year in Hull.  The group, known as 54 Degrees North won rave reviews from the judges and hope to be asked to play in the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November this year.
The musicians are all strings players and range in age from 8 to 19 and have playing abilities from grade 1 to grade 8+.
The work was originally written by Vaughan Williams for professional musicians and students.

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