A YOUNG musician is preparing to swop York for New York after winning a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

William Clark, 15, who goes to Huntington School, has been playing the violin for eight years.

Now his musical skills have gained him a position with 164 teenagers from all over Britain in the country's top youth orchestra.

Next year, the orchestra will be touring the USA and has been invited to make its debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York.

"I’m really excited to be part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain because it’ll be such an amazing experience to be amongst so many other talented musicians," he said. "I hope to learn valuable leadership skills and improve as a player.

I’m also really excited about the music I will play- such as Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony, Copland’s 3rd Symphony, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D with Nicola Benedetti."