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Joining the National Youth Orchestra

Frankie Gale (A2 Music)– has successfully auditioned for a place as a clarinettist in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

She says:
I recently auditioned for the NationaI auditioned after my friend from conservatoire suggested I do and also I knew a few people from conservatoire who had done it and that it was of a high standard. I auditioned in October with 2 contrasting pieces and a sight-reading. It was just one round and then we heard back in December. We'll be playing repertoire such as John Adams-'Lollapooza', Adam Gorb- concerto for cello and wind ensemble, Bernstein- 'On the Town', Tom Harrold- 'Acrid Lines', Luis Serrano Alarcon-'Tramonto' and Steven Byrant-'Ecstatic Waters'. A couple of those are familiar, others are new territory. The first week (April 8th) we are up in Cumbria, playing in Power Hall, Sedbergh and Coronation Hall Ulverston. Second week (5th August) is in Banbury, not sure about concert venue yet but we'll be based Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park. I'll be part of a big clarinet section as it's a wind orchestra, which will be interesting to see how different it is to have the violin section substituted for the clarinets having different support and a fuller wind sound. I don't play in any wind bands, just full orchestras so it'll be interesting and makes a change from my music studies at RCM Junior Department, in college and outside orchestras I do. It should be really good and it will help my ability to learn how to read and perform music in a short space of time, preparing for later professional performing life if I enter that area!

Frankie has also been selected by the Royal College of Music to play at Sadlers Wells on Thursday 30th March with a specially commisioned ballet for the English National Ballet

Elizabeth Baumberg, another A2 Music student played in the National Youth Wind Orchestra as a French Horn player for the past couple of years and can highly recommend it as a great experience. Elizabeth has been auditioning to study French Horn full time at conservatoire after she has graduated from Godalming College. She was incredibly successful and received offers at the following conservatoires: Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a scholarship at Trinity. 

Elizabeth Knatt has also received offers from conservatoires to study the recorder, as has Emilia Pickering to study the cello, however both are considering studying Music at a traditional university before taking up Masters degrees at conservatoires.