Bright future beckons for budding musicians

A quintet of talented pupils have been accepted to become members of Manchester’s most prestigious Youth Choir and Orchestra.

Violinists Elsa Shah and Zoe Shah successfully passed auditions to join the Hallé Youth Orchestra and singers Olivia White, Georgia Curwen and Joshua Furtado-Mendes secured places in the Hallé Youth Choir.

Informal Music Concert - Josh Furtado-Mendes

The four girls and one boy are members of several of the school’s choirs, orchestras and ensembles and they are now looking forward to embracing their new challenge.

Hallé Youth Orchestra offers talented young instrumentalists the chance to experience playing in a full symphony orchestra supported by professional musicians. Since it was set up in 2002, the Orchestra has performed at venues such as the Royal Opera House in London, Manchester Opera House and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. They also go on regular tours around the UK and Europe.

Elsa Shah and Zoe Shah

Hallé Youth Choir, established in 2003, is recognised as one of the leading mixed-voice youth choirs in the country.

Members regularly get the chance to sing with the Hallé Choir and have performed at the BBC Proms as well as appearing on Manchester band Elbow’s Build a Rocket Boys album. This opportunity saw the Choir perform on Comic Relief and Later with Jools Holland.

Olivia White and Georgia Curwen

Michael Dow, the school’s Director of Music, said: “Many congratulations to Elsa, Zoe, Georgia, Olivia and Joshua on these wonderful achievements. Membership of the Hallé Youth Choir and Orchestra is very prestigious. I am sure they will all gain a huge amount from this opportunity.”

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