Young musicians given support through ABRSM and NYO partnership

Young musicians will be given the opportunity to develop their skills by working with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) through a partnership between the orchestra and the ABRSM.

The examination board has announced that it is to sponsor a series of workshops for musicians to gain an insight into the work of the NYO and experience what it is like to perform in an orchestra.

Called Inspire Days, the workshops will take place at the start of the NYO’s spring and summer courses, as well as at other times throughout 2012. Candidates taking ABRSM exams will also be offered £5 tickets to the NYO’s concerts.

The NYO is made up of 165 Grade 8-level teenagers from across the UK.

Guy Perricone, chief executive at ABRSM, said that these talented musicians should be encouraged to “pass on everything they’ve learned to other musicians, ensuring that their incredible passion for music radiates much further”.

“The NYO inspires musicians and audiences up and down the country with events and performances that are not only musically excellent, but innovative and relevant to young people. We are delighted to be able to support the orchestra’s flagship outreach project.”

Last year, the NYO chose its youngest principle violinist in its 53-year history. Fifteen-year-old Roberto Ruisi will take on his role for the 2012 season, starting later this month at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and at the Barbican Hall in London.

His chief master at King Edward’s School John Claughton said at the time of the appointment that it is testament to Roberto’s music education as well as his talent and dedication to the violin.

Sarah Alexander, NYO chief executive and artistic director, explained that the partnership with ABRSM highlights both organisation’s passion for giving young people “the opportunity to take great steps forward and fulfil their potential”.

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