Jenny is all set for massive prom date
A talented young musician from Perthshire will be performing at the prestigious BBC Proms tonight.
Trumpeter Jenny Whitaker (16), a music scholar from Strathallan School, has spent the past week in London undergoing intensive rehearsals with the BBC Youth Ensemble and the London Symphony Orchestra.
And all the hard work will come together when she plays two live performances in the Royal Albert Hall.
Mum Hilary said the task for Jenny is even harder because she has to play all the music from memory.
She said:“There is a little extra pressure as Jenny actually has two live performances and has to play all music from memory.
“The first performance is a curtain raiser for the 2018 Proms season showcasing the Royal Albert Hall as it has never been seen before.
“This special event was held outside the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, July 12. In a unique coming together of music and projections, spectacular visuals were projected onto the external facade of the Royal Albert Hall whilst new score by Jenny Whitaker will play tonight Picture: Ian Sadler
composer Anna Meredith was transmitted from within.
“Meredith’s music, accompanied by extraordinary visuals by innovative designers 59 Productions, will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and conductor, Sakari Oramo.”
Jenny’s performance will also reflect on the centenary of the First World War coming to an end in Britain.
Hilary continued:“Five Telegrams is both an audio and visual work that draws
upon the contemporary responses to the communication infrastructure of the First World War as the BBC Proms commemorates the end of the‘Great War’in its centenary year.
“The work is a joint commission for the BBC Proms, 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh International Festival, in association with the Royal Albert Hall.”
Jenny’s performance tonight will be broadcast on the BBC at 8.30pm for the First Night of the Proms, where the Perthshire teenager will take to the stage in the second half.