Celebrate Christmas With The BYO String Ensemble

Posted on by Conrad Brunner

The Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble will perform at St Luke’s Church (next to the Pepperpot on Queen’s Park Road), on Saturday 6th December, at 7.30pm.

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The Brighton Youth Orchestra, in performance 2014

The  award-winning String Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Sherwood, features the finest young violin, viola and cello players in the city. They will be playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto, The Swan for Cello and Keyboard, and Bruch’s Romanze for Viola, as well as some seasonal Christmas favourites.

Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble

Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble

The Ensemble won the Innovation Award at the Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham earlier this year.

The BYO, established in 1949, is one of the finest youth orchestras in the country, and has performed in London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Barcelona and Montreux. They are a regular feature of the annual Brighton Festival. The ensemble has accompanied several top classical stars including Nicola Benedetti and Laura van der Heijden, both BBC Young Musician Of The Year winners.

“The BYO is an outstanding group of young musicians – you’re lucky to have them,” says Benedetti.

Sherwood has been conductor of the BYO since 1995. “I believe the work of our [BHCC] music service can touch the lives of young people throughout the city. The real secret is that these young people really want to be there, they want to play music. It is their will that really makes the music happen. This youth orchestra is life changing, and a real cause for celebration’.

About the BYO [video].  Tickets will be available on the door £5/£4/£1. Full repertoire:

Bach Double Violin Concerto
The Swan for Cello and Keyboard
Bruch’s Romanze for Viola
Bartok Duets
Warlock Capriol Suite
Grainger Mock Morris
Josef Suk – Variations on a Theme of St Wenceslas

Venue: St Luke’s Church, Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZP

The BYO and the BYO String Ensemble are part of the Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Service. Find out more here.


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