On Sunday 8th July Norfolk County Youth Orchestra will take to the stage at OPEN in Norwich for their final performance of the 2017-18 season.

The programme will feature orchestral music by Elgar, Khachaturian and Berlioz. The concert will also provide a platform for young musicians who will take centre stage to perform a concerto movement with the orchestra. There was an overwhelming response to the invitation to perform as a soloist; Eight talented instrumentalists auditioned for the opportunity and, as the overall standard was so high, 3 were chosen.

The soloists are: Samuel Nutt, 16, who plays French Horn and attends Wymondham College, Joanna Asher, 15, of City of Norwich School who plays the Bassoon, and Esther Skipp, 17, who plays the cello and attends Jane Austen College.

Samuel said: “We’re all excited to have our chance to show everyone the best we can do. The opportunity offers us more playing experience and we are able to make sure we’re playing the way we want to play.”

Joanna said: “We’re all quite experienced in playing in orchestras but we rarely ever get an opportunity to play a solo piece with such a good orchestra accompanying us. I want to prove that the Bassoon can sound nice and not just play the bassline!”

Esther said: “This isn’t a common opportunity for people our age and it’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve wanted to play this Cello concerto since I was about 5 years old, and now I can play it, so I thought why not take this opportunity!”

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra was established in 2006 to enhance the breadth and quality of musical opportunities for young people in Norfolk. The players are all aged 12-19 and attend schools in Norfolk. The orchestra has performed across East Anglia, and recently launched a new orchestral residency at OPEN in Norwich where they are looking forward to an exciting and fruitful partnership for their young musicians.

Tickets cost £10 adv, £6 adv for concessions, under 18’s free and are available from opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/gigs-events/nyco or by calling OPEN’s Box Office on 01603 763111.