Fifty of the UK’s top young musicians appear in West Bridgford showcase

Fifty of the UK’s top young musicians will be performing at St Paul’s Church, Boundary Road, West Bridgford on Saturday 4 March, showcasing the best the city has to offer in musical talent.

Nottingham Young Musicians is a group of players from across Nottingham with extraordinary talent who have come together to perform a showcase concert in West Bridgford this weekend.

“Many of our members are also part of the National Children’s Orchestra – a recognition of the country’s best players,” said Derek Williams, Nottingham Young Musicians’ conductor.

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“Several of the young people have achieved Grade 8 at just 13 years old which is absolutely amazing – there’s a wealth of musical talent in Nottingham so this showcase concert is a fantastic opportunity for people to appreciate the incredible talent we have in the city.

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“There are groups performing – as well as a string orchestra – playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Holst and Chopin; there’s really something for everyone.

“Also being performed is the fiendish Finale from Haydn’s Lark Quartet – which goes like the wind! There will be a quartet, a clarinet quintet and a sextet all playing pieces by Brahms.

“This is extremely mature repertoire which is difficult even for adults to play – but these young people really are exceptional.

“Clarinettist Thomas Gordon from Tollerton is one of the finest clarinettist of his age in the country as he also plays in the National Children’s Orchestra. He’s also a fine pianist so I asked him to learn the organ specifically for this concert so we’re going to be able to play the famous Albinoni Adagio – a Classic FM favourite.

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“The groups are made up of performers aged between seven and 18 who have a passion for music and we’re always on the look-out for new players. We want to ensure that there’s something for everyone so we’re keen to welcome everyone from singers and harpists to jazz trumpeters.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining to get in touch or come along to the concert and see how fantastic it is to play as part of a group,” continued Derek.

The concert on Saturday 4 March will start at 7pm and tickets are on sale for £5, £2.50 for children, and can be purchased on the door.