The Latymer Link - page 4

e recently auditioned for the Young Orchestra for London. The Orchestra is conducted by Sir Simon
Rattle and is also tutored by the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
I play the french horn and I started playing around 2 years ago. I took my Grade 4 exam last year and will
shortly be taking my Grade 5. I heard about this orchestra through Enfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. I
auditioned in December and was very pleased that I got in. The age range to get in was 11-21, I am 11 years
old so therefore one of the youngest in it, which is really great! There are six french horns playing in the
orchestra and I’m proud to say that I am one of them!
I play the viola, I’m also Grade 4 and I started playing 4 years ago. I will probably be taking Grade 5 before
the end of the year. I knew about this because my mum got an email advertising it, and then I auditioned and
was told that I got in. I am 12 years old and also one of the youngest to get in which is a great achievement!
I’m enjoying the orchestra a lot and we have some really good pieces to play. It’s amazing performing in such a
massive space!
We’ve rehearsed in quite a few venues so far:
- The Barbican
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama
- The South Bank Centre
- Royal Festival Hall
- And many more to come…
Our repertoire includes Finlandia by Sibelius, Little Suite III by Arnold and written especially for our orchestra is
Zero at the Bone by Stephen Montague. They are all really fun pieces to play and Zero at the Bone means that
we had to learn new symbols that were really strange.
The Young Orchestra is performing on the 12th of February at 6:30 (unfortunately this is also House Drama
for Lamb, Latymer and Wyatt). Sir Simon Rattle is possibly the most famous and best conductor in the world
though, so it will be a great honour to perform with him!
Naima Slany-Clarvis and Arthur Wills Year 7
Young Orchestra
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