Jenny is all set for mas­sive prom date

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

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.


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