The biggest and the best for Leeds con­cert

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC - David Den­ton

“THIS is a time of huge pride for me, bring­ing the or­ches­tra to my city, and I urge you to come and watch us in ac­tion,” says 14-year-old Joanna Twad­dle, a cel­list in the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra of Great Bri­tain tak­ing part in a con­cert that prom­ises to bring the largest sym­phony or­ches­tra to ap­pear in Leeds.

“Some­how we are go­ing to get 170 young peo­ple onto the Town Hall stage for the fi­nal work, Janacek’s Sin­foni­etta,” con­tin­ues James Mur­phy, the or­ches­tra’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“Clas­si­cal mu­sic has so much to of­fer, and I would thor­oughly en­cour­age any­one on the fringes to dive in and get in­volved”, adds Thomas Al­dren, the or­ches­tra’s newly-in­stalled leader. At least the or­ches­tra has no wor­ries about the present Govern­ment fi­nan­cial cut­backs, as it has al­ways ex­isted on cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship and parental fi­nan­cial sup­port. If that cre­ates thoughts of elitism, re­mem­ber that most of its mem­bers will have come from state-run schools.

That we have the best youth or­ches­tra in the world can be judged by a pro­gramme that would chal­lenge any pro­fes­sional en­sem­ble, the con­cert open­ing with Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, the com­poser’s vir­tu­oso re­sponse to Stravin­sky’s The Rite of Spring. BBC New Gen­er­a­tion vi­o­lin­ist, Tai Mur­ray, is the soloist in Berg’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo, with the Amer­i­can pi­anist, Ste­wart Goodyear, play­ing Liszt’s bril­liant show­piece, To­ten­tanz.

One of to­day’s most sought-af­ter con­duc­tors, the Es­to­nian-born, Krist­jan Jarvi, di­rects.

SHOW­CASE: The Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra will tackle a chal­leng­ing pro­gramme.

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