Out of the Shadows

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Swapping his baton for a violin: conductor Domingo Hindoyan joins his players as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs side-by-side with Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra side by side with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra side by side with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

When musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) perform side by side with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, they will be joined by an extra violinist as the RLPO's chief conductor, Domingo Hindoyan will be swapping his baton for his violin and joining the orchestra. The concert, on 20 November 2021, is the start of the youth orchestra's new season and the evening will feature Simon Emery conducting music by Beethoven, Piazzolla and Malcolm Arnold, and then Hindoyan returns to the podium to conduct excerpts from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

The concert will also feature the first ever public performance by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra, and ensemble for under-18 musicians. Conducted by the RLPO's sub-principal cellist, Gethyn Jones, the concert features Florence Price's Symphony No. 1 and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

Domingo Hindoyan joined the RLPO as chief conductor in September 2021, he started his career as a violinist and member of the Venezuelan music education programme El Sistema, and then was a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. He later went on to study conducting and was the first assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin between 2013 and 2016.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was founded in 1951 as the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, and is aimed at young people aged 13 to 23. It is one of a number of ensembles in the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, which also encompasses youth choir, brass band and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra, Over 73,000 young people participate in the Youth Company and associated ensembles, attend concerts, or take part in its In Harmony programme, which uses orchestral music making to improve the life chances of children, including from the most disadvantaged parts of the city. Over 14,000 people suffering from mental health problems have also benefitted from the Orchestra’s music and mental health programme over the last 13 years.

Full details of the concert from the Liverpool Philharmonic's website.

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