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Masterful musicians secure places on national ensembles

Members of the Halle Youth Orchestra

Talented SGS musicians from Year Six to Sixth Form are celebrating after being selected for a range of highly-respected national ensembles.

Sixth Formers Ben Wood (clarinet), Liv Dow (cello), Patrick Owen (trumpet) and Talia Zelhof (oboe) and Third Years James Caine (trombone) and Clara Zelhof (violin) have been selected for the Hallé Youth Orchestra. The Orchestra offers outstanding young instrumentalists, aged 13-19 years, the chance to experience playing in a full symphony orchestra supported by professional musicians.

The Hallé Youth Choir, one of the country’s leading mixed-voice youth choirs for talented young singers aged 13-19 years across the North West, will feature Sixth Formers Adina Vidler, Ella Moran, Hannah Cope, Lily Amet and Liv Dow.

First Year Sadie Norris clocks up her fourth year in the Hallé Children’s Choir, a group that is made up of over 90 children aged 8-12 from across Greater Manchester and beyond. Year Six singer Sophia H joins her in the Choir.

Promising Second Year vocalists Max Hillgrove and Will Lightening have been selected for the Hallé Youth Training Choir.

Third Year Clara Zelhof (violin), Sixth Former Ben Wood (clarinet) and Junior School pupil Christina W (violin) have been named in the Junior RNCM, a community of gifted young musicians aged 8 to 18 who come together to develop their talent within the Royal Northern College of Music. Christina, who also took up a place at Opera North’s Summer Orchestra Academy, picked up ‘The Ian McPherson Prize’ from the Junior RNCM.

The National Children’s Orchestra, which comprises over 650 remarkable young musicians aged 8-14, have picked Fourth Year Dan Wood (flute) and Third Year Clara Zelhof (violin) to join them. The musicians come together in three National Symphony Orchestras for residential orchestral activity and in four regional Projects ensembles for non-residential orchestral weekends.

Finally, Lily Amet is in the National Youth Choir – part of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the family of choirs for outstanding young singers.