Queen’s College pupils have gained places this year in some of the most
prestigious national children’s orchestras and choirs in the UK.
Steward (Year 9) has gained a place in the main National Children’s Orchestra
playing the French Horn. Gregory won the
2014 Taunton Junior Young Musician of the Year for his trumpet playing and is
also an excellent singer. Daniel Seow
(Year 8) has been awarded a place in the U13 National Children’s Orchestra, on
the violin. His sister Alex was a member
of the main National Children’s Orchestra last year and this year has gained a
place in the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Ruby Lightwood (Year 7) has associate
membership of the U12 National Children’s Orchestra playing the cello and Ellen
Steward (Year 6) has been offered a place as a clarinettist in the National
Children’s under 11 Orchestra.
National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain provides young people with a
world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship and are
highly competitive to enter. Pupils must
play two pieces of their choosing as well be proficient sight readers. Bringing together 7-13 year olds from across
the country, the orchestras offers young people the opportunity to be guided by
top musicians and to play in some of the finest concert venues in the country.
addition, Bebe Fender (Year 6) has won a place in the Young National Schools U13
Symphony Orchestra, the preparatory orchestra before the National Youth
Hopwood (Year 5) has gained a place in the National Children’s Choir which aims
to inspire young people to enjoy making music under the guidance of inspired
teachers. Started as 38 children who
sang in the Millennium Youth Prom in the Albert Hall, the choir now contains
more than 200 young people aged 9-14.
Queen’s College Headmaster, Chris Alcock:
“It is wonderful to see our young musicians really making their mark on
national platforms. Many of these young
people are music scholars at Queen’s College and their input into the musical
life here is very valuable. All of these
pupils learn at least one musical instrument and are members of our orchestras,
swing band, choirs and musical theatre groups; to see them gain places in such
prestigious musical groups is extremely impressive.”
from left to right:
Beatrice Fender (cello), Daniel Seow (violin), Abbie Hopwood (voice), Greg
Steward (French Horn), Ellen Steward (Clarinet), Alex Seow (violin) Ruby
Celebrating: Daniel Seow (violin), Beatrice Fender
(cello), Abbie Hopwood (voice), Greg Steward (French Horn), Ellen Steward
(Clarinet), Alex Seow (violin) Ruby Lightwood (cello).
on behalf of Queen’s College. For
further information please contact Henrietta Lightwood or Sarah Cronk on firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 01823 340805.