The Two Moors Festival is a big supporter of music and the arts in schools and we do all we can to encourage youngsters the south-west to take up an instrument or learn to sing. Sadly, for those who do express an interest and show a particular talent for music, there is very little opportunity to play in concerts and meet professional musicians.
Last year, we organised a concert in Exeter Cathedral, giving school-age musicians the chance to play Elgar’s cello concerto alongside professionals. Such as the event’s success that we’ve decided to repeat it again in 2012 and are now inviting students aged 19 or under of a minimum grade 7 distinction standard who live or are in education in the south-west to take part.
The chosen instrumentalists will join the Orchestra of the Swan and conductor David Curtis on stage on October 15th to perform Holst’s The Planets and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, before acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston closes the evening with Haydn’s Concerto no.1 in C major.
If you want to take part, make sure your application reaches the Two Moors Festival by July 31st. Instruments accepted are violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, timpani and percussion.
- Classical music: How did Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which celebrates Russia’s victory over Napoleon, became a staple of Fourth of July celebrations in America? (welltempered.wordpress.com)
- Interview with Adrian Brown, Conductor of the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra (classicalmusic.southbankcentre.co.uk)