On New Year’s Day, Miranda Bardsley, Angharad Harris and Francesca McClean performed as part of the West of England Youth Orchestra in a concert of Strauss Waltzes and Polkas, combined with the Mozart A major Violin Concerto.
The orchestra meets three times a year in the long holidays at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon. Players come from Wiltshire, Bath and Somerset and entry is via audition.
Miranda plays in first violins, while Angharad and Francesca are in second violins. The orchestra performed with great style and musicality, demonstrating a good understanding of the Viennese Waltz style. For the concerto they rose to the challenge of performing without their conductor Tim Redmond and instead were directed from the violin by their soloist, David Adams. The impressive level of empathy and musical prowess demonstrated by both the soloist and performers was a pleasure to behold, leading to a performance enjoyed by all.
Students at Dauntsey’s who are Grade 7 and above should consider joining this excellent, friendly orchestra. Spaces are available in upper strings, some areas of brass and percussion at the moment and given the nature of youth ensembles, every year some move on to adult life, creating opportunities for the next generation to advance. Anyone interested in the courses at Easter and in the summer should see Mr Harris as soon as possible.
Gareth Harris, Director of Music email@example.com
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