KGS Trio in National Orchestra

Arts

​Three of the School’s outstanding Music Scholars have won places in National Children’s Orchestras

All three have an exciting and challenging year ahead of them

Three of the School’s outstanding Music Scholars have won places in National Children’s Orchestras – a fantastic achievement against very stiff competition.

Third-former Aoife Parr has won a place in the Main Orchestra on French horn. Aoife was in the U13 orchestra last year and, as reported in these pages, performed at the Royal Festival Hall in December, a wonderful and inspiring experience she was determined to repeat this year. Second-form cellist Emily Sprackling has been awarded a place in the U13 orchestra and Penny Cairney-Leeming of the First Year has been selected for the U12 orchestra on flute.

All three have an exciting and challenging year ahead of them, with the main orchestra and the U13s performing, as Aoife did in December, at a top London concert venue. There will be residential courses in the spring and summer holidays for all three of them.

Competition for places in these most prestigious of orchestras is intense, and there is no such thing as security of tenure. Existing members have to audition afresh each year to move on to the next age group or stay in the main orchestra, and with new applicants becoming eligible each year the competition just gets tougher and tougher.

KGS Director of Music Moritz von Freyhold was delighted at the news. ‘It is a great achievement for all three of them to be playing in national orchestras, and to perform in major concert venues in the UK is a fantastic opportunity,’ he said. ‘Many congratulations for their hard work and their well-deserved success!’