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Teatro Greco - Concerti di Orchestre Sinfoniche Giovanili 2008

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National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain
04.09.2008 21.00 h
National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain - London
Teatro Greco - Concerti di Orchestre Sinfoniche Giovanili 2008


Direttori - Roger Clarkson, Hilary Davan Wetton
W. Walton - Richard III - Prelude
M. Curtis - Paths to Urbino - Suite
R. Wagner - I Maestri cantori di Norimberga - Ouverture
A. Liadov - The Enchanted Lake
N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Spagnolo


National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain



Every year the National Children’s Orchestra auditions over eight hundred children who hope to become a member of one of the five age banded orchestras. The children are all aged between 7-14 and are provided with high class tuition on residential courses and perform a concert at the end of their course.

The older Orchestras, Main and Under 13s, perform at prestigious venues across the country. After a highly successful tour of China in 2006, this year’s Main Orchestra will embark upon an overseas tour to Italy, including performing on the island of Ischia in the bay of Naples by kind invitation of Lady Susana Walton. This will be an amazing opportunity for both the children and the Orchestra.

Being a member of NCO-GB stands its benefactors in good stead in the musical world with Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Harding among its Alumni. The benefits are not only musical but also social, providing these talented children with the opportunity to meet like minded individuals who all share the same love and passion for music. 2008 is NCO’s 30th Anniversary year being celebrated with a £500,000 appeal to ensure that the charity thrives for the children of the future. A gala concert with all five orchestras performing will be held on 31st August at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

2008_09_04-nco-rc.jpg Roger Clarkson, the good fortune of the NCO in finding a Director of Music with the very special attributes needed resulted from a coincidence! A trumpet tutor who had double booked himself rang Roger to ask him to step into the gap. After only one week, Roger was hooked and, by the end of his second course, had made himself indispensable.
Roger was born in Yorkshire. He began playing the trumpet at the age of six, continuing a long musical tradition in his family and his talent was recognised early, when he played with the Grimethorpe Colliery Junior Band. He frequently had to engage in fisticuffs to defend his trumpet and cornet at school, where musical ability did not rank highly with his peers. Joined the Royal Air Force Musical Services and enjoyed wide experience of many musical idioms. His work took him around the world, visiting nineteen countries, performing in major concert halls, including a visit to the Caribbean island of St.Lucia to accompany the Prince of Wales on a royal tour. In 1991, he was sent as a medic to the Gulf with the Air Evacuation Squadron and this influenced his decision to move into the musical world outside the Armed services.
Although holding a diploma in performance and continuing to play professionally around the South West, Roger found teaching particularly rewarding and gained his Certificate in Teaching from the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. After a period of study with John Miller (the eminent Professor of Trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music), Roger was invited to teach at Gloucester Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he soon became Head of Brass. He was invited to teach at Wells Cathedral School and also taught at Sherborne School and Taunton School. When Vivienne Price, then NCO’s Director of Music, fell ill in 1998, Roger was the obvious choice to deputise and he undertook to conduct the Christmas concert with virtually no notice and great success. His appointment as Director of Music followed soon after. Since taking over, Roger has started the new Under 11 Orchestra and has developed the four regional orchestras. This brings the total of NCO orchestras to nine.

Hilary Davan Wetton has enjoyed a distinguished musical career as both conductor and teacher. He was a pupil of Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the Ricordi conducting prize in 1967. He is Musical Director of the City of London Choir, the Guildford Choral Society and Principal Conductor of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra. From 1978-1993 Hilary was founder/conductor of the Holst Singers. Between 1987–1994 he was Principal Conductor of the Wren Orchestra and he has appeared as a guest conductor with the LPO, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Hanover Band and orchestras in America, Iceland and Australia. Has appeared on radio as both performer and broadcaster. From 1991 – 1995 he presented and conducted for the Masterclass programme on2008_09_04-nco-hdw.jpg Classic FM. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted a series of first broadcasts of 19th-century British symphonies by Cipriani Potter, William Sterndale Bennett, William Crotch and Samuel Wesley with the Ulster Orchestra. In the opera pit, Hilary has appeared on a number of occasions with Travelling Opera and Co-Opera. In 1991 he conducted for the French company Ballet du Nord the first-ever danced version of Mozart’s Requiem at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Recent performances include Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Walton’s Façade with Dame Cleo Laine. He is particularly associated with 20th-century British Composers and has conducted many neglected works of Parry, Holst, Dyson and Bridge. Hilary made a series of well-received recordings for Collins Classics with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also recorded for Hyperion with the Holst Singers and Unicorn-Kanchana. His 1994 recording of Holst’s Choral Symphony with the Guildford Choral Society was awarded a coveted Diapason d’Or. His most recent recording (Vaughan Williams Hodie) will be issued by Naxos in October 2007.

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