We are delighted to announce that for the first time EVER, students from Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme have auditioned and won places in The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. After a very successful audition process, six children from Raploch will now be invited to join NYOS Junior Orchestra for its inaugural year and a further four have been invited on to NYOS’ String Training course. The children are aged between 10 and 13. All of them except one are pictured here.
The Junior Orchestra is for musicians aged between 8 and 14 and is the first step on the ladder for aspiring members of The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. It is the opportunity to perform large-scale symphonic repertoire under the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Dutch maestro Roland Kieft.
In 2013, NYOS Junior Orchestra will team up with the SAGE Stringendo Programme to perform a special concert at the SAGE Gateshead in the spring. The repertoire will include Arutyunyan’s Trumpet Concerto, Britten’s Soirée Musicale in April and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar Saltan Suite in July.
With this announcement and other collaborations planned for the future we now believe this to be the beginning of a very long and prosperous partnership between Sistema Scotland and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.
NYOS Chief Executive Joan Gibson said:
Both organisations share many common goals and aspirations and by working collaboratively we hope to provide clear educational pathways from grass roots right through to pre professional level for Scotland’s talented young musicians, for years to come.
Sistema Scotland CEO Nicola Killean said:
“At Big Noise we have always been working hard to provide the children with the very best musical opportunities. We want to connect the children with the wider musical opportunities in Scotland. NYOS has always been high on our list, so we are absolutely delighted to see this first group of children make it through auditions successfully. They will not be the last. This is such a wonderful opportunity the children have earned through hard work and determination. Their families and community are so proud of them and they are magnificent role models for the other children in Raploch. We look forward to continuing our partnership with NYOS to develop the best musical talent from communities where we work.”