Concert celebrates young players

Last updated 14:45 11/12/2013
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BEGINNERS: Sofia Matviets, left, and sister Vasilisa during rehearsals.

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This Saturday the Nelson Regional Youth Orchestra and the newly formed Nelson Playtime Orchestra will present a concert in the School of Music.

Both groups were established and are run by Nelson musician and teacher Joel Bolton and currently comprise around 70 children ranging from 3 years to 17 years old.

"The Playtime Orchestra is only a few months old and caters for children who are near beginners - some having played for only a few months," says Bolton. "This will be its first public performance."

It will feature arrangements by Bolton of some well known tunes including Jingle Bells and Ode to Joy by Beethoven.

The second part of the concert has the Senior Youth Orchestra performing a 40 minute programme of popular arranged classics such as the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mozart's Symphony No 40 and part of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5.

More contemporary pieces include the famous James Bond theme as well as arrangements by Bolton of Skyfall and music from the Pirates of the Caribbean.

The senior orchestra caters for a range of levels from about grade 3 to grade 8. The junior orchestra from beginner to grade 2. There are no auditions and no fees for either orchestra and the rehearsals are on Friday afternoons at the School of Music from 3.45 to 4.30 for the juniors and 4.30 to 5.45 for seniors.

Bolton invites any young people interested in joining either orchestra to contact him at:

  • Nelson Regional Youth Orchestra, Nelson Playtime Orchestra, Nelson School of Music, Saturday December 14, 2pm. Entry $5 for adults, gold coin for children. Door sales only.

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