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Keep up to date with Young Sinfonia in York

Posted on 21 February 2017

Young Sinfonia are in York for their annual half-term residency and you can keep up to date with their progress below…


Young Sinfonia York Residency – Day One


After months of planning with colleagues at National Centre for Early Music it was great to be finally on the coach taking Young Sinfonia to York for their four day residency. We had an opportunity to rehearse at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York where we bumped into two past Young Sinfonia members Brendan and Ross who are now studying music there!

Justin Doyle led a very fun improvisation session to assist with the learning of Oliver’s composition that he has written for the orchestra. Oliver is principle second violin in Young Sinfonia and is studying composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. The group checked into the leafy YHA on the other side of the city and after dinner headed over to NCEM to see Roderick Williams and Kitty Whately in an delightful evening concert of 20th century music.

A full and productive day for our 41 young musicians and tomorrow we head to NCEM and will start rehearsals with Freddy Viner’s piece ‘L’Orfeo Settings’.


Young Sinfonia York Residency – Day Two


After an amazing full English breakfast filling their bellies, Young Sinfonia spent the full day rehearsing at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

They were delighted to be joined by and work with composer in residence Freddy Viner, winner of Sage Gateshead’s Mozart of tomorrow competition. He placed the flutes and trumpets at opposite ends of the hall to enhance the antiphonal writing in his piece L’Orfeo Settings.

After a hard working day of rehearsals the orchestra were treated to a Ghost Walk around York City Centre starting at the magnificent York Minster, before relaxing for the night at YHA York.


Young Sinfonia York Residency – Day Three


Showers done, breakfast done, ready for the last full day of rehearsals for Young Sinfonia at the National Centre for Early Music. They welcomed early music specialists Jenni Cohen (flute) and Tim Smedley (cello) to direct sectionals in the morning.

The students had a chance to interview them as well as learn valuable specialist skills. Justin Doyle resumed to direct the tutti rehearsals in the afternoon and then everyone had a chance to kick back and relax at the YHA with an evening quiz designed by the pastoral care team. The quiz which had rounds on riddles, phobias and TV themes put them to the test but much fun was had by all!


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