The Spring course saw the SCYO take part in an international project called 'Britten 100'. Organised by the Arts Council, Music for Youth and the Britten Foundation, it saw specially selected youth ensembles teaming up in a global celebration of the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten. Full details can be seen at www.brittenandbeyond.org. SCYO did a dazzling performance of Britten's 'Soirees Musicales' featuring fabulous solos from every section of the orchestra. They also performed a movement from Brahms second piano concerto, performed by the orchestra's leader Esmae, and a performance of Mozart's Symphony No.38, 'The Prague'. The symphony is widely considered the first true symphony, in its modern form, and features great writing for every section of the orchestra and the longest first movement of the eighteenth century. A great course with a great performance!
In the 2012-13 year, the groups performed publicly, and appeared at the Music For Youth Regional Festival in Cheltenham, where they were highly commended for their ensemble, musicality and presentation. As well as working on pieces, some of the musicians took part in a trip to see cellist Kwesi Edman perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. As well as watching the concert, there was an opportunity to chat to Kwesi about his musical studies and cello playing in the interval, and again at the end of the concert. On the second Saturday, former TAMC Cellist Chris Brown come to visit the AMS musicians. After giving a short recital, he spoke about his experiences of studying music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Players were given the opportunity to find out about life as a student at music college, the application process and the repertoire they should be preparing. Chris then joined the cello section to offer advice and support in the final rehearsal.
Some pictures and videos of our previous performances are available on our gallery page>>>