On Wednesday 28th March, sixteen GCSE Music students attended a conference at College Street Arts Centre in the city.
The students were involved in workshops on a programme of music to be played by the professional Sinfonia Viva orchestra that night at the Royal Concert Hall. They met the chief executive of the orchestra who spoke to them about careers in music and also the composer, Ian Vine. He spoke about life as a composer and some of his techniques for writing music. His new composition, 35 Objects, was to receive its world premiere at the evening concert.
Later, we travelled to the Royal Concert Hall to observe a rehearsal with the orchestra and choir. Despite having an extremely busy day and a concert to prepare for, the internationally renowned conductor, Andre de Ridder, and two musicians from the orchestra gave up their time to talk to the students and to answer their questions.
In the evening we attended a wonderful performance by the orchestra and choir featuring music by Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Ian Vine’s world premiere.
The conference was a great success. We were given a fantastic insight to the music business and were inspired by hearing some of the best performers in the country.