‘Young Mozart’ to make debut
Teen to conduct his own orchestra
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.