A youthful orchestra at the Guild Hall
A hundred-strong orchestra of the country's finest young musicians are gearing up for their upcoming performance at Preston Guild Hall this month.
Members of National Children’s Orchestras (NCO), who are all aged 14 or under, will spend just over a week rehearsing together at Rossall School, Lancashire, before their performance on July 30.Their performance is guaranteed to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. Audience members can expect to witness a variety of stirring classical pieces including Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Márquez’s ferocious Conga del Fuego Nuevo.Founded in 1978, the National Children’s Orchestras have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and locations, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Its performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment – but above all for their professionalism.During their week in Lancashire, the young musicians will be supported by top class music tutors and pastoral care staff, and NCO guest conductor, Natalia Luis-Bassa, who said: “Working with the vibrant and highly talented young musicians of the NCO is always a highlight of my year. Come along and experience the extraordinary talents of these incredible musicians.”Delnavaz Martin, a 14-year-old viola player from North Yorkshire, cannot wait to perform again with the NCO. She said: “Being a part of the NCO for the last three years has been an incredibly enriching experience. The programme is exciting, but challenging. I have no doubt we will rise to the occasion with the guidance of our guest conductor, Natalia Luis-Bassa.”Jake Houston, a 13-year-old flautist from Northern Ireland, said: “I have had the most fantastic experience with NCO and the opportunity to play amazing music in great concert venues.“This will be my first time performing at The Guildhall in Preston and I am super excited particularly as we have an amazing programme of music for you.”The NCO concert takes place on Saturday July 30 at 7pm.Prices, excluding booking fees, range from Â£5 (child ticket) to Â£22 (top price adult ticket). Visit http://www.prestonguildhall.com or telephone the Box Office on 01772 804444.Group booking offers and special discounts are available.