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Tees Valley Youth Orchestra celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a performance in Carnegie Hall
Talented musicians from Tees Valley have been handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in one of the world’s most famous venues – Carnegie Hall, New York – as part of the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in July 2019 under the baton of Nicholas Nowicki.
The 120-strong orchestra is run by Tees Valley Music Service and is made up of students from across the Northeast who rehearse each week and who perform both nationally and internationally, including recent concerts at Sage Gateshead, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and tours to Granada, Hungary and Italy.
A major fundraising campaign is currently underway with a target of £130,000 so as to ensure the youngsters can take advantage of this opportunity. Local businesses are being approached to see if they can help, and the Friends of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, together with students and their families, have been fundraising too – it’s very much part of a massed team effort to be able to put our region on the map and let the Americans see what wonderful young people we have in Teesside and what fantastic support they have received to be able to make their dream a reality.
Megan Robinson, who plays flute in the Orchestra, said, “To be part of an orchestra that is playing in such a world class venue has raised my aspirations for a future career in music. Carnegie Hall will be an amazing experience which I will never forget throughout my life as a performer. Truly once in a lifetime!”
Another Orchestra member, James Corking, who plays trumpet says, “It is a great privilege to be part of an orchestra that is playing in such a prestigious concert hall performing challenging repertoire for all members of the orchestra. I can’t wait!
The Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations also include a return to Sage Gateshead, and have recently performed at St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle on Saturday 8th December and have featured in a Christmas Gala Concert on Saturday 15th December in Stockton Parish Church.
For further information, or if you would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please contact Tees Valley Music Service. To see the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra in action visit their Facebook and Twitter pages as well as TVMS’ YouTube channel.