BUDDING music students are hitting the high notes after being invited to conduct a full orchestra.
The pair from Blackpool Sixth Form College jumped at the chance to lead the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra – something usually reserved for more senior musicians.
Hannah Thornton, 18, from Cleveleys, and Dan Jones, 17, from central Blackpool, picked up the baton to lead the classical musicians in a rousing performance of In The Hall of the Mountain King, from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.
Hannah, who plays the flute, said; “I had previously done a bit of conducting at college but this was on a much bigger scale so it was quite nerve-wracking.
“I have played in orchestras since I was very young but to go from playing to conducting gives you a greater understanding of how difficult it is.
“I hope to go to university to take a degree in music, so this links in really well.
“Whether my career takes me to teaching music in a primary school, or being a member myself of a symphony orchestra, I am going to have to know how to conduct.”
Michael Hodgkinson, A level music tutor at Blackpool Sixth Form College, said it was a great opportunity for both Hannah and Dan who plays saxaphone and piano.
He added: “This was the first time they had ever conducted an orchestra and they are working towards a performance later in the year.
“They were very nervous beforehand but when it came to it, they did a really good job and the orchestra was very receptive.
“The piece they conducted builds up all the way through and is constantly getting faster and more intense but both Hannah and Dan did really well with it.”
Blackpool Symphony Orchestra has been adopted by Blackpool Sixth as their orchestra in residence allowing music students the chance to work with seasoned and professional performers.