18 Jan Successful National Youth Orchestra Residency
Highbury Grove School were lucky to host the world renowned National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for a very successful one day residency on Wednesday 6 January.
This is the third residency the NYO has conducted at Highbury Grove in conjunction with other MiSST backed schools. Performances for the day were led by up and coming conductor Duncan Ward, who is coached by incoming Director of the London Symphony Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle.
This year we were particularly delighted to welcome our own Year 13 student Deronne White who successfully auditioned to join the NYO last September.
The first workshop saw Year 8 students perform “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran, a particularly poignant record about the journeys we take along our lifetimes, both individual and collective. Students were delighted to be joined by Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid, who co-wrote “Photograph” with Ed Sheeran and gave really positive feedback to the students. They performed under the eyes of news camera crews from the BBC London News, London Live and several print publications.
The second workshop saw Year 8 and Year 9 students tackle Prokofiev’s challenging Symphony No. 5 before performing to an audience of students and guests at a formal concert in the afternoon.
The whole day was very ably facilitated by ten “NYO Ambassadors” from Year 12 who had received on the job training from the NYO during the Christmas holidays at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Mr Brown (Director of Music at MiSST)
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