Ratcliffe College Top 09/02/22

National Youth Wind Orchestra place for music scholar

Published Thursday 13th of February 2014 11:22:03 AM

Sixteen year old flautist Eleanor Roda, has been offered a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Eleanor, who achieved Grade VIII with Distinction last summer, has been playing the flute for seven years; the talented Sherborne Girls music scholar also plays the piano and the harp.

Eleanor explains, 'For my audition I had to play two pieces as well as a piece of sight reading. I thought it went quite well, but I was still quite shocked to get the offer! I think the playing opportunities will challenge me, and I'm really excited about meeting other young musicians.'

Director of Music John Jenkins added, 'Such is the reputation of the NYWO, competition for places is quite fierce. Many in the profession consider it to be one of the finest student wind orchestras in the world, so this is an excellent achievement for Eleanor as she starts off on her musical career.'

Eleanor will now undertake two nine-day residential courses in April and August with the orchestra, rehearsing a full range of music in preparation for concerts to be performed in Oxford and London.

She hopes to study Music at university or music school on completion of her International Baccalaureate studies, with the aspiration of one day being a professional musician.
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