‘Young Mozart’ to make de­but

Teen to con­duct his own orches­tra

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TEENAGER who has been de­scribed as a ‘young Mozart’ will have his dream come true when he makes his de­but as a con­duc­tor this month.

Che­sham Gram­mar School year 13 stu­dent Daniel Ho­gan, 17, of Loud­hams Road, Lit­tle Chal­font, has formed his own orches­tra, which he will con­duct for the first time on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 30 at 7.30pm.

Daniel, who at­tends the Ju­nior Royal Academy of Mu­sic on Satur­days, has been pas­sion­ate about mu­sic since he was in pri­mary school and has reached grade eight in pi­ano and is work­ing to­wards his diploma. He is also work­ing to­wards a grade eight in cello and does per­cus­sion as a hobby.

Daniel, who hopes to go to Ox­ford Univer­sity to study mu­sic, also teaches pi­ano to chil­dren in Amer­sham and Lit­tle Chal­font.

“Mu­sic is my life, I spend ev­ery pos­si­ble sec­ond I can do­ing it,” Daniel said.

“I’m in quite a few orches­tras. It’s not just a lot of fun, but it re­ally in­spires and mo­ti­vates me. My dream is to be a con­duc­tor and com­poser.”

Daniel also com­poses songs and has lost count of how many he has done. A few of his com­po­si­tions have been used in con­certs in­clud­ing Rhap­sody for Orches­tra, which he wrote when he was 14, which was per­formed by the Mis­bourne Sym­phony Orches­tra.

Speak­ing about hear­ing his mu­sic per­formed for the first time, Daniel said: “It was the most in­cred­i­ble sen­sa­tion. I re­ally put my heart and mind into my mu­sic, so to have it re­alised and en­joyed by other peo­ple is an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.”

One of Daniel’s pieces, ti­tled Sin­foni­etta, will be per­formed by his orches­tra at the con­cert on De­cem­ber 30.

Daniel, who has been de­scribed as a ‘young Mozart’ by Ex­am­iner jazz colum­nist Tony White, is look­ing for­ward to the con­cert.

He added: “I just can’t wait. I’ve wanted to con­duct this type of mu­sic from a young age, so it’s a dream come true.”

The per­for­mance will take place at St Luke’s Church, in Lan­g­ley Way, Wat­ford, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 30 at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets cost £8 (full) and £5 (conc).

For tick­ets, email wat­fordy­outhsin­fo­nia@ google­mail.com.

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