Cello whizz gets MP’s back­ing

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A TEENAGE mu­sic whizz has been given the thumbs up by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley ahead of a na­tional tour.

The MP met Joshua Mock, who is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra of Great Bri­tain (NYO).

Josh, 15, plays the cello in the group. He has been play­ing since he was seven and was first taught by An­gela Aiken.

In 2001 he be­came part of the ju­nior pro­gramme at the Royal North­ern Col­lege Mu­sic in Manch­ester, where he still stud­ies un­der Tim Smed­ley.

In 2015, he suc­cess­fully au­di­tioned for the NYO and joined them for their first tour in De­cem­ber 2015.

Josh said: “The NYO is great op­por­tu­nity for young mu­si­cians like me to meet other ded­i­cated mu­si­cians and to grow in the mu­si­cal skills and knowl­edge that will ben­e­fit me in the fu­ture. I’ve re­ally en­joyed my time so far.”

The NYO is an or­ches­tra of 165 young mu­si­cians aged be­tween 13 and 19. The min­i­mum stan­dard needed to au­di­tion is Grade 8 Dis­tinc­tion.

The or­ches­tra em­barks on three tours a year and Mac­cles­field res­i­dents can see the or­ches­tra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manch­ester on April 10.

Joshua is study­ing for his GCSEs at All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege.

Mr Rut­ley said: “It was great to meet up with Josh and find out about the NYO, their aims and the wealth of skills and ex­pe­ri­ences gained by mem­bers of the or­ches­tra.

“Learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment at such a high stan­dard like Joshua is a great way for young peo­ple to build their con­fi­dence, de­velop their per­sonal skills and, of course, do some­thing fun and re­ward­ing.

“I was pleased to learn of the progress Joshua is mak­ing, and wish him ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture.”

●● A Slim­ming World group has been started at Jas­mine Park’s com­mu­nity hall by Mag­gie Fal­coner (in­set)

●● Tal­ented cel­list Joshua Mock with Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley

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