Wikipedia describes The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) as: ‘An Orchestra of 165 of the best young musicians from the United Kingdom. Members are bound together by their love for classical music, their desire to be challenged, and their enthusiasm for inspiring others. The NYO’s aim is to be “the most inspirational orchestra for young people” and In 2011, the Orchestra was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society's Best Ensemble Award. In 2012, the NYO received the Queen's Medal for Music.’
Naturally, as an aspiring musician I wanted to be part of this amazing Orchestra. I have three years experience with the National Youth Wind Orchestra and have enjoyed studying at the Junior Royal Academy of Music for two years, as well as the full commitment of Radley College’s brilliant Music department. So I was determined to audition!
After success in the first round I was invited to a final audition in London during Leave Away. It was quite a gruelling process, with over 100 clarinet players auditioning for just seven places; but I also enjoyed it and was both amazed and speechless when I heard I had been successful.
So between now and the Summer of 2018 I will have 48 days with the Orchestra and will be playing in concerts with the best musicians from Great Britain. We will be playing challenging and exciting repertoire at venues such as the Barbican with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Festival Hall, The Manchester Royal Concert Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Somehow I also need to study for ‘A’ levels.
Report by Jasper Perry, 6.2