Young musicians descend on University of York for Yorchestra event

Young musicians descend on University of York for Yorchestra event

A volinist among 160 children in the Yorchestra Holiday Orchestra at rehearsals in the Jack Lyon Concert Hall at York University

ALL TOGETHER NOW: Wind instrument players at rehearsals in the Jack Lyon Concert Hall

CONCENTRATING HARD: A violinist in the orchestra

A harpist in the Yorchestra Holiday Orchestra

Violinists in the Yorchestra Holiday Orchestra practising for their concert at York University

Double bass players rehearsing

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YOUNG musicians have been honing their skills at an event at the University of York.

About 160 young musicians are descending on the university's music department playing in five different orchestras for the Yorchestra event which has been providing music-making for young instrumentalists from the York area and beyond for more than 20 years.

This summer Yorchestra welcomes two fantastic new conductors – Venezuelan born Natalia Luis-Bassa to conduct the most senior orchestra, Yorchestra 1, in a programme including a Latin American dance by Marquez, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Elgar.

Chris Bradley, a percussionist with Opera North and experienced conductor of youth orchestras is enthusing Yorchestra 2 with a varied programme including a Grasshopper’s dance, the overture to the opera, Nabucco, Respighi’s Pines of Rome and waltzes by Shostakovich and Teinen.

Yorchestra Young Strings is a new project this summer. For string players, aged six and seven-years-old, this is an opportunity to play with others for the first time in a small ensemble.

Jenny Clarke, a popular conductor of the younger orchestras at Yorchestra and teacher in the York area, is conducting.

Courses take place during the main school holidays and further information can be found at their website:

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