Pupils selected for prestigious national music groups

National youth orchestra

A talented trio have been selected for two of the country’s most prestigious youth organisations.

Lower sixth formers Alex Jones and Simon Fraser have been chosen for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Alex, who has been playing the double bass for almost 10 years, was first selected four years ago and has been promoted to become the orchestra’s principal double bass player. Simon, who started learning the oboe when he was 11, has been selected for the first time.

National youth orchestra

The pair, who both study Music at A-Level and also take extra lessons at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, received instrumental music tuition at school and have been members of the choirs, bands and orchestras.

To earn their place the boys underwent tough auditions in Manchester and London. They will now join the NYO on three residential courses where they will study and perform music by composers from a variety of eras. Director of Music Mr Dow said:

This is a fantastic achievement as NYO is regarded as one of the most prestigious music ensembles available to young musicians in this country. It is exciting for Alex and Simon that several years of hard work and commitment to music-making both inside and outside school have now led to this recognition at national level. Membership of NYO is highly competitive, and I am sure that this will serve as an excellent platform for their future musical aspirations.

Upper sixth pupil Emily Lyons, has been chosen for the National Youth Music Theatre following a series of auditions and interviews in Manchester and London.

National youth orchestra

Emily, who is studying for her A-Levels, has appeared in many drama productions and musicals during her time at school including playing the Queen of Hearts in our latest production Down the Rabbit Hole. She said:

I screamed when I found out I had been picked because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I will now be appearing in shows with the National Youth Music Theatre. It’s an exciting time.

Mr Dow said:

Emily has done incredibly well to secure a place in the National Youth Music Theatre. This is the highest level of organisation for music theatre within the UK so competition for places is considerable. The achievements of these three pupils have derived significantly from their involvement in extracurricular activities at Stockport Grammar. We are very proud of what they have achieved and wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.

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