Thursday 4 December 2014

National Children's Orchestras

National Children's Orchestra
The National Children's Orchestras (NCO) returns to the Royal Festival Hall on 7 December 2014 when the Yorkshire-based Venezualan conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa conducts the Main Orchestra in music by Holst, Moncayao and Bernstein, including the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and the NCO's Principal Music Director Roger Clarkson conducts the Under 13 Orchestra in Walton, Tchaikovsky and Grofe. 

The National Children's Orchestras runs five national orchestras, offering places over 500 children from 7 to 14, plus a regional network of orchestra all of which provide young musicians with the best orchestral tuition and opportunities. Alumni include the violinist Nicola Benedetti and the conductor Daniel Harding. See my review of the NCO's December 2013 concert.

Further information from the National Children's Orchestras website, you can see a video of the Main Orchestra after the break.

Elsewhere on this blog:

  • Aurally and visually arresting: John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary - opera review
  • Revitalising an old tradition: New Stabat Mater settings from the Sixteen - CD review
  • An operatic Game of Thrones? Lully's Amadis from Les Talens Lyriques - CD review
  • Speaking & singing: Shadwell Opera explores boundaries between spoken and sung - concert review
  • Virtuoso & Romantic: Academy of St Martin in the Fields plays Howard Blake - concert review
  • Cello with zing: Sonatas by Boccherini and Cirri - CD review
  • Naive charm & delight: Weber's Oberon - opera review
  • American Masters: Anne Akiko Meyers in Bates, Corigliano and Barber - CD review
  • Text-based drama: Handel's Jephtha from The Sixteen - CD review
  • Early baroque polyphony: The Sixteen at Temple Church - concert review
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