Cello whizz gets MP’s backing
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