Video: Young Hull musicians play with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
YOUNGSTERS from a city school have been working with some of the country's top musicians.
Pupils from Endeavour School are some of the lucky few in the country to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a special series of workshops.
They were chosen as one of just four schools in the country and will now work with the world-renowned orchestra in two concerts in March.
The programme, called First Time Live – Youth, is a touring programme that aims to bring orchestral music into the lives of young people.
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It is working with Hull City Council and Hull Music Hub.
During the workshops, pupils have the chance to work with instrumentalists.
The 12 pupils, all B-Tec music students, have had the chance to get to know the musicians as well as choose some of the concert repertoire, and, in some cases, will have the opportunity to perform and present at the concerts.
Ben Wilson, acting deputy headteacher at the school, said: "This has given them a bit more insight into this kind of music.
"It is special for the children. And the fact they know they are in the minority of students in the UK who are experiencing this is great for them.
"They have the chance to take part in something special.
"On the day of the concert, they will be working flat-out."
Pupils will have the chance to experience what it is like behind the scenes of an orchestral concert.
They will be working as runners, dealing with lighting, sorting sheet music and looking after the musicians.
Among the diverse repertoire to be performed will be Shaking And Trembling from John Adams' Shaker Loops, the Angry Birds Main Theme by Ari Pulkkinen, and the third movement from Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4.
The programme is supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England, and the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Henry Little, Orchestras Live's chief executive, said: "First Time Live – Youth will help inform the way live orchestral music is programmed and presented to young people, as well as giving them an invaluable experience of hearing a world-class professional orchestra for the first time.
"The key to the project is making young people central to the process, from choosing repertoire to making videos and blogging as well as attending high-quality concerts."
The concerts take place at Hull City Hall on Wednesday, March 6, at 10.30am and 1.30pm, and each one lasts 75 minutes.