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Report from CSYO benefit concert

Posted by paul43 on July 26, 2015 at 3:35 AM

Thank you so much to City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra for the opportunity to promote Music Fund to an enthusiastic audience at their summer 2015 concert at St John's Smith Square.


Under the inspired direction of their conductor Chris Gayford, the young players (aged 13-21) tackled enormously challenging repertoire, Walton's voluptuous Viola Concerto, and Vaughan Williams dark and brooding Symphony no 4.


We were able to introduce Music Fund to all present, and at the end we took a retiring collection which raised nearly £300 for Music Fund's work.


City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra is one of the world's leading youth orchestras, drawing on young musicians from Sheffield and the surrounding area. Over the past twenty years, they have developed a unique approach to rehearsal and performance, using a range of innovative techniques usually encountered in experimental theatre and dance.


When he heard about Music Fund, Thomas Hetherington, CSYO's leader was moved to write:


"When I was first considering playing the violin, at the tender age of eight, I was shown a picture of CSYO. Seeing these ‘grown up’ musicians in their dinner jackets and concert dresses made me sure that I wanted to start playing. 12 years on and I am now proud to be co-leading the orchestra. And I can safely say that, whilst we may not be all that grown up, playing in CSYO has been an absolute blast, and one of the firm highlights of my musical life. I am incredibly lucky to come from musical stock, my great great Grandfather was a violin maker and I spent my early musical career playing on one of his violins. But I realise how fortunate I am to have this luxury. The fact that many young musicians won’t even get a chance to realise their potential, because they don’t have access to an instrument, is awful. It seems only right that our concert will help other young musicians around the world who don’t have the opportunities that we do. I look forward to seeing you there."


In turn, we look forward to other opportunities to work together with this outstanding group.


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