Con­cert left them Hungary for more

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS -

HAMP­SHIRE County Youth Orches­tra has been praised by the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice ( FCO) fol­low­ing a con­cert in Bu­dapest.

The per­for­mance, part of the orches­tra’s sum­mer tour, was or­gan­ised by Hamp­shire County Coun­cil’s mu­sic ser­vice.

Caitlin Jones, the FCO’s deputy head of Mis­sion in Bu­dapest, said: “The au­di­ence was blown away.

“I wish I had known how good they were go­ing to be.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Edgar, the county coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, said: “Our County Youth Orches­tra is well known lo­cally for its high stan­dard of mu­sic and thor­oughly en­joy­able per­for­mances.

“I am not sur­prised they have won this praise in­ter­na­tion­ally, their tour of Hungary.

“I am glad the au­di­ence in that high on Bu­dapest en­joyed the per­for­mance so much.”

He added: “The orches­tra’s in­ter­na­tional tours of­fer a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to broaden their hori­zons, de­velop their con­fi­dence, and cel­e­brate the way mu­sic can bring na­tions to­gether. It’s an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and I am pleased we are able to of­fer it to so many young mu­si­cians.”

Hamp­shire County Youth Orches­tra is a full sym­phony orches­tra with around 100 play­ers aged 11- 19 from schools across Hamp­shire.

Per­for­mances in­clude sym­phonies, new com­mis­sions, con­cer­tos and scores from film and stage pro­duc­tions.

Praise from on high: Hamp­shire County Youth Orches­tra’s con­cert was very well re­ceived by the au­di­ence in Bu­dapest.

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