Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra 75th Anniversary Auditions

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, one of the UK’s longest-running youth orchestras, have opened auditions for their 75th anniversary season, which will feature concerts at Cadogan Hall in March 2020 and Queen Elizabeth Hall in June 2020.

Held in September 2019, applications are open to Grade 4-6 players for the Training Orchestra and Grade 7+ players for the Main Orchestra. Founded in 1944 and based in Wimbledon, London, SYO welcomes young musicians from all backgrounds to develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music. As a registered charity offering financial assistance, no player who is musically eligible will be denied access for financial reasons. It welcomes interest from any instrument but is particularly keen to add violas, double basses, horns, trombones and percussion to both orchestras.

SYO has more than 160 members from the ages of 8 to 18, drawn from around 80 schools across Surrey and London. They perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in and around London, including the Royal College of Music, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square and regularly undertake a European summer tour. The 75th anniversary season will see performances at both Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, one of the UK’s oldest youth orchestras, opens auditions for their 75th Anniversary season. For more info:

J & A Beare Ltd loan rare Stradivarius cello to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts

30 - Hannah Roberts (credit Tony Redmond)A rare cello, made circa 1696 by the celebrated Antonio Stradivari, has been loaned to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts for the orchestra’s first performance in the newly refurbished RNCM Concert Hall on 11th February.

One of very few cellos by the master to be rediscovered in the last fifty years, J & A Beare Ltd, who loaned the cello, believe that the instrument had been in London since the nineteenth century.  It is similar in outline to the cellos made by Bernard Simon Fendt from the early 1800s and they surmise that Fendt may well have seen this Strad cello in London at around that time. 

Simon Morris, Director, J & A Beare Ltd said: “Having the opportunity to see one of Antonio Stradivari’s cellos ‘in the flesh’, would undoubtedly have an influence on Fendt (indeed on any maker) and particularly at a time when photographs and other media were simply not available.”

Principal Cello, Hannah Roberts, performs Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto no.1 – considered to be one of the most popular concerti of the 20th century. Mozart’s penultimate symphony (no.40), brings the evening to a dramatic conclusion.

Manchester Camerata Bizet, Elgar, Mozart Wednesday 11 February 2015 7:30 pm

RNCM, Manchester

Bizet      Symphony in C

Elgar      Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85       

Mozart Symphony no.40, K.550

Gábor Takács-Nagy  conductor

Hannah Roberts cello

Classics Marathon Day – a triumph

Classic Music Marathon 56Last weekend saw Nicola Benedetti lead the cream of Scotland’s orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in one amazing marathon day of music at the heart of the Commonwealth Games, produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.

There has never been a day like it in Glasgow – it was a feast of many flavours: from Baroque to Tango, Scottish to Indian, solo to mega-orchestra. Nicola undertook a personal marathon for the day, rehearsing and performing three concerts with different orchestras: a challenge every bit as extreme as running 26 miles.

The programme included performances by Red Note Ensemble and Kuljit Bhamra, Dunedin Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, RSNO and BBC SSO and Scottish Ensemble.