The list of players for the 2013 New Zealand National Youth Orchestra was announced last month. This week, the 77 young players that made the cut have traveled to the North Island for concerts in Wellington and Auckland.
Conducted by Australian-born Richard Gill, the programme includes works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as well a new piece by NYO Composer-in-Residence Sam Logan. The orchestra will be joined by Lara Melda, a twenty-year-old pianist from Britain who was named BBC Musician of the Year in 2010.
If you’re going to be in Wellington this Friday 30 August or in Auckland this Saturday 31 August, we definitely recommend heading along. Details about each event are below.
Members of the National Youth Orchestra that are currently also in the Dunedin Youth Orchestra are Sam Vennell (double bass) and Max Wilkinson (trombone). Both players previously played with the NYO in February this year.
Other NYO members with a Dunedin connection include Laura Barton (first violin), Annabel Drummond (second violin), Rosalind Manowitz (viola), Jane Rendall (french horn), and Keenan Buchanan (tuba). Click through for the full list of players.
The National Youth Orchestra is administered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and is currently in its 54th year. Follow them on Facebook for updates during the coming week. We’ll try and coerce Sam or Max into writing a retrospective post for this blog once they get back.
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
LOGAN Zhu Rong Fury! (world premiere)