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The deadline for applying to take part in the North Somerset Concerto Competition is Friday 23rd October. Application forms can be downloaded from here!
Each year amazing talented young musicians from within North Somerset take part in the Concerto Competition which enables two young people to perform a concerto with one of the senior NSCYM ensembles Sinfonia, NS Concert Band or Vivace, around Easter time. Full details of approved repertoire can be found here.
The competition is open to young players under the age of 19 who are members of local orchestras, bands or ensembles.
The 45 strong NSCYM Concert Band travelled to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Thursday the 10th July and wowed the audience with their very controlled and mature paerformance of Copland's 'Shaker Melody' and the stirring 'Second Dawning' by James L Hosay.
Although not a competition the performers do receive feedback, and the North Somerset players heard some favourable comments. These included "…lovely energetic opening…tricky high woodwind passages played very well… excellent interaction between conductor and band… very polished performance… rich sound…each section playing well together… brought great energy to a difficult score of long lines."
Congratulations to all the players for flying the North Somerset music making flag so on this national platform!
The North Somerset Centre for Young Musician’s (NSCYM) ‘Concert Band’ has been selected to perform at the prestigious National Festival of Music for Youth in July.
Throughout the spring over 40,000 young musicians have taken part in the world’s largest youth music festival, in 50 locations across the UK. A wide array of music was performed, from folk, world and roots to western classical and contemporary jazz through to urban and electronic.
From amongst this enormous pool of young talent the NSCYM Concert Band shone through and has been selected to perform in the culmination of this enormous event, the National Festival of Music for Youth. Conducted by Roger Sansom, the Concert Band will be appearing at the Festival in Birmingham on July 10th.
Following the band’s regional performance the feedback referred to playing that was ‘stylish’, ‘well prepared and attentive’ with ‘menace and cool’!
When the band travels to Birmingham they can be confident that they are able to hold their own alongside the best young performers in the country.