I love music of many different genres, especially live music. And while I have treated my ears to the pleasurable sonic abuse of many a rock concert, nothing quite beats the sound of a full orchestra, playing live, for richness and majesty. It’s a treat for both the ears and the eyes.
On Thursday 2nd March Urmston Grammar School students, across the year groups, got the opportunity to experience the Halle Orchestra, in all its splendour, performing at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The Halle for Youth concert that they attended presented a programme deliberately designed to engage a younger audience while exposing them to Britain’s wealthy history of composing talent. Whilst many composers from our native shores were conspicuous by their absence – Elgar and Holst to name but two – the concert did its utmost to represent all the countries of the Union. So yes, there was music from Handel and Britten, but also Jenkins (Wales), Arnold (Scotland) and Grainger (Ireland).
A highlight of the concert was having hundreds of young voices joining together, the orchestra accompanying, to sing a version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s marvellous poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’ set to music by Steve Pickett.
A memorable morning of culture, fun and celebration! And all very educational.