Two Arnold School pupils have achieved success in national musical ensembles in the past couple of weeks.
Year 7 pupil Shannon Harper (pictured right) recently auditioned for and been awarded a place in the National Children’s Orchestra.
Shannon plays the trumpet, alto saxophone, piano and also sings in the full school choir.
Although she is already a member of two of the county’s youth ensembles, Shannon is thrilled with the news that she is now going to be part of such a prestigious national ensemble.
The NCO is Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children, which offers children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.
The orchestra’s performances are renowned for their intensity and commitment, but above all their professionalism.
She will now have the chance to perform in some of the UK’s leading venues.
Shannon’s success follows the news that Year 13 pupil Alexander Card has been offered a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for the 2012 season of concerts.
Alexander who was a member of the orchestra last year, had to travel down to London in October, to re-audition with all existing members.
As well as being a talented clarinettist, Alexander (pictured below) has also been offered the position of principal bass clarinet and will once again get to perform at some of the UK’s leading venues, including a BBC televised prom in London’s Royal Albert Hall next August.
The NYO will also be performing in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall in early January and the school has organised for some of its GCSE and A Level pupils to go and watch the orchestra in action, says Arnold’s director music Daniel Chandler.