Bermuda Youth Orchestra Concert On June 9th

June 8, 2013

The Bermuda Youth Orchestra established itself in the late summer of last year. Its mission is to bring together Bermuda’s young musicians with the purpose of providing developmental learning and performance opportunities across a variety of genres while fostering cooperation and progress towards musical excellence.

Following the success of the Winter intensive which took place over the Mid-term Break this past February and culminated in an open-air concert in front of City Hall, the orchestra, whose musicians range in age from 10 to 21, will be putting on another concert entitled, “SCHOOL’S OUT!” Fitting title, given the concerts proximity to the liberty and freedom which comes with the summer holidays just around the corner.

“We are playing some of the same tunes from February but will be adding new tunes as well. And that pretty much is how we approach the students’ development—improve what we’ve already got,” says Dwight Robinson, co-founder of the orchestra.

“It’s a pretty basic concept, really. Musical development comes about by focused repetition, each time building on what was achieved previously. While some of the tunes remain the same, the students have progressed and made each piece greater. The new tunes require that the students stretch their brains, applying previously learned skills to new situations. The discipline forces the students to focus their minds despite the many other things which are going on around them.”

“We’ve invited the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mr. Warren Jones—an accomplished musician and music educator in his own right—to conduct a few pieces,” Mr. Robinson adds.

“Both Tiffany and I were students of PS Jones in our early musical development and so this is something of a thank you to him for helping to get us started on our professional musical journeys. Tiffany would have had PS Jones as a classroom teacher at Warwick Academy where he was co-conductor during my time as a member of what used to be the Bermuda National Youth Symphonic Band.”

When asked how the first year has been, Catrina Fubler, orchestral leader and music student of CedarBridge Academy states, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with fellow music loving students and look forward to this week’s concert as well as the addition of wind instruments for the September 2013/14 season. I love the way music brings everybody together.”

The concert will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Christ Anglican Church, Middle Road, Devonshire and begins at 4pm. Tickets are being sold at the Harbour Master in the Washington Mall, Hamilton or can be gotten from the orchestra students.

Persons may also contact the orchestra at bermudayouthorchesta@gmail.com to arrange ticket reservations. The proceeds from this concert will be used to plan events to include master classes and workshops for the students.

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