The Wembley of the Music World
For musicians, the chance to play at the Royal Albert Hall is the equivalent of a footballer being invited to play at Wembley. So we are deeply excited at the prospect of seeing a number of our most talented musicians playing in a Hampshire Music Service concert in April. Musicians and singers from across the county are to perform in a variety of music ensembles and orchestras.
The concert will include a massed string orchestra including the Hampshire County String Orchestra and the North East Hampshire Area String Orchestra (NEHSO). They will join together to play a piece called “Fiddler’s Hill”. Court Moor players involved in this are Hugo Findlay, Ben Hutson, Isabella New, Laura Field and William Trice. Laura has been playing violin for many years, currently working towards grade 8 and is the principal violin of the County Youth String Orchestra. Both Ben and Isabella play violin and Hugo plays viola in NEHSO. Ben and Hugo are both grade 4 and have been playing strings since year 4, whilst Isabella is grade 5. William has achieved grade 2 and is a first violin in the Training Orchestra.
Another interesting part of the concert will be Taicho drumming, which is a Japanese style of drumming. Hampshire Music Service run some truly outstanding percussion ensembles and this will undoubtedly be very dramatic. Two girls are members of this ensemble: Samantha Bodiam and Eleanor Preece, both of whom have made great contributions to Court Moor music. Eleanor plays oboe to grade 8 and is also a flautist in another Hampshire Wind Band. Unluckily the event at the Albert Hall clashes with her Art GCSE so she has to stay at school. Samantha, who is an accomplished flautist as well as percussionist, will be playing in the concert.
The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra includes many of the most talented musicians from across the County, mostly at grade 7 or above. They meet for 5 hours every other Saturday and perform in a huge number of concerts as well as running an international music tour each year. Jasmine Arnold has been a member since September, playing bassoon. Jasmine is a very committed musician, playing piano, singing and playing flute as well as the bassoon, on which she is currently working towards grade 8. The Orchestra will be starting the concert with the National Anthem, and finishing it with Pomp and Circumstance in true “Proms” style. Their main piece is one movement from a piece by Stravinsky called Petrouchka.
GET INVOLVED – if your child plays an instrument, find out from the Music department about all the possible opportunities within the County system. Who knows, it could be them at the Albert Hall one day.