Monday 29th July 2019
King Ed's student and member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Callum Davis, had the great honour of playing with the Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 27 July.
The Orchestra, comprised of 164 teenagers aged 13 to 19 years of age, are known for delivering 'explosive energy and enthusiasm' and their performance on Saturday more than lived up to this reputation.
The concert was a culmination of the work they have been doing under their conductor, Mark Wigglesworth, who is renowned for his work with Dutch youth orchestras. The ensemble played a suite from Prokofiev's ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' and they were joined by the inspirational Nicola Benedetti, for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Benedetti paid tribute to the Orchestra and reviewers all agree that it was completely well-deserved praise.
Callum said: 'For the final residency of the year with NYO, we worked with conductor Mark Wigglesworth and soloist Nicola Benedetti to put together an all Russian, highly emotional programme, with the very apt theme of the ambitions of youth. We spent two weeks in rehearsal, often rehearsing for six hours per day. The Proms concert received multiple five-star reviews, even being named as 'the most thrilling concert of the season'. This has been the most amazing experience, and I have made so many life-long friends and learn from them every day.'
The Orchestra is now looking forward to taking the concert to Berlin, where they will play in the Berlin Konzerthaus as part of the "Young Euro Classics' festival on 1 August.
Everyone at King Ed's is extremely proud of our talented student. Congratulations Callum!
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