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Forty Talented Young Musicians Travel to York for Musical Residency and a Showcase Performance at the National Centre for Early Music

16 February 2017

The prestigious regional youth orchestra of the internationally acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia, aged 13 -19 years old, will perform at the National Centre for Early Music, NCEM, on Tuesday 21 February, as a culmination to a four-day residency in York led by their director/conductor Justin Doyle.

Sage Young Sinfonia and its forty musicians, based at Sage Gateshead, Northumbria, is travelling to York for their annual half-term residency from Saturday 18 - Tuesday 21 February. 

They will take part in focused rehearsals at the University of York and have opportunities to hear professional early music performances at the NCEM in addition to a full four days of hands-on development, which will involve in-depth learning with experienced mentors and musicians, and a chance for the young musicians to gain experience of touring and performing at diverse venues. 

The programme incorporates considerable time at the NCEM, where renowned early music specialists, will coach Young Sinfonia before concluding their time with a vibrant performance at the NCEM on Tuesday 21 February, at 6pm. 

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says; "We very excited to be working with this vibrant ensemble of young musicians, which draws exceptional talent from across the North of England.  

"What never ceases to amaze us is the dedication and commitment from these young musicians, who all strive to be the very best that they can. And in turn we are committed to delivering the very best mentoring, learning and performing environment in which they can learn and progress. 

"There will be a great deal of enjoyment we are sure too, and I know that their showcase concert on 21 February will be a wonderful occasion. I urge all those thinking of auditioning for Young Sinfonia in the future to attend." 
 
Over the past few years the orchestra has been conducted by international classical music figures and has been joined by distinguished soloists such as Howard Shelley, and Mark Simpson, as well as providing concerto opportunities for its members. Justin Doyle, a regular guest conductor at Opera North, is currently Musical Director of Young Sinfonia, and has contributed to a fascinating programme which will also premier a work by young composer Freddy Viner, a recent University of York Music graduate.

Ed Milner, Head of Learning, Sage Gateshead, said: "We are really excited to be working with the National Centre for Early Music once again, this time with our youth ensemble Young Sinfonia.
 
"Working with the wonderful Tim Smedley and Jennifer Cohen and our PRSF artist Freddy Viner, with Justin Doyle at the helm, it's bound to be a fantastic evening of music."

The residency will feature a mix of early and contemporary repertoire, including:

 Prelude from Orfeo (Monteverdi)
 A new work by Frederick Viner - a University of York alumnus
 Sonata for wind and brass (Schmeltzer)
 Chaos from Haydn's Creation  

To find out more www.ncem.co.uk / Facebook.com/YorkEarlyMusic

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Notes to editors:
This project is delivered in collaboration with Sage Gateshead. Young Sinfonia brings together outstanding young string, wind, brass and percussion players from the North of England. Members are 13-19 and play at the standard of grade 7/8 and above.

Over the past few years the orchestra has been conducted by international figures such as Garry Walker, Ainars Rubikis, Nicholas Kraemer and Jurjen Hempel and been joined by distinguished soloists such as Howard Shelley, and Mark Simpson, as well as providing concerto opportunities for its members.

Press Contact: 
Lindsey Porter, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music 
e: lportercomms@gmail.com
m: 07568 309154 / Web: www.ncem.co.uk