Talented young musicians who make up the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) will be performing a concert at OPEN Norwich later this month.

The orchestra, which is part of Open Youth Trust, accepts students from all over Norfolk regardless of background or means.  It is a beacon of musical excellence and whilst many youth orchestras are struggling to keep going the NCYO is sounding better than ever.  

NCYO and the young people who make up the orchestra have been constantly praised for the high standard of their performances.

Katie Schutte, 17, of Wicklewood, near Wymondham, began playing the violin when she was seven and is now leader of the orchestra. “I haven’t yet decided what I will do when I leave school – but music will always be a big part of my life,” she says. Katie joined the orchestra last year, after playing with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain for five years, and says: “Perhaps the best part of NCYO for me is the people – there’s nothing like grinning at your desk partner when you both finally nail a hard passage or solo! It’s moments like this in NCYO that will stay with me forever, and I hope that this sense of community can be experienced by musicians across the county.”

The concert on Saturday also includes the presentation of a new Viola to NCYO by Dominic Atkins, a former NCYO student who went on to study Violin making.  Many former NCYO players are involved in local orchestras such as The Academy of St Thomas and Norwich Philharmonic – testament to the dedication and passion inspired by playing in a youth orchestra.

Juliet Rickard, who has worked with the orchestra for the last 12 years, said “Norfolk should feel proud of what these young musicians have achieved. We are very fortunate in this county to have the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM), a division of the world class conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  55% of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra players attend NCYM and also play in the Triorca project (a European Youth Orchestra).  All this on offer for young musicians in one county!”

The concert takes place on Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm and tickets are available via Book Now button opposite or by call Box Office on 01603 763111.