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National orchestra

St Olave’s pupils Ethan, Danny and Max have all gained places in the National Children’s Orchestras, with Ethan and Danny being accepted into the U12 orchestra, and Max the U10. All three children completed a series of challenging auditions to win their place in the acclaimed ensemble, competing against hundreds of young people aged 7 to 13, from across the country.

Flautist Ethan, double bassist Danny and clarinettist Max will begin rehearsing with the orchestras in the new year before participating in a series of live concerts. Ethan, 11, spoke about his delight at being accepted into the prestigious orchestra: “This is such an exciting opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to meeting lots of other musicians and making new friends!”

As well as the success in the National Children’s Orchestra, three other St Olave’s pupils have achieved a place in the Regional Children’s Orchestra. Double Bassist Ben and Max’s older brother Fred who plays the clarinet will also begin rehearsals in January.

Head of St Olave’s, Andy Falconer said “I am absolutely delighted that all of the musicians have done so well. To have the opportunity to play with so many other talented musicians is a testament to their hard work and hours of practice. It is always such a pleasure to hear their solo performances and their participation in our many musical ensembles here at St Olave’s, so I am delighted that others will have the opportunity to hear them play”.

Head of Music at St Olave’s, Holly Craven added “The children already play a huge part in the busy musical life of the school, and this really is the icing on the cake.  I am looking forward to hearing them perform with the orchestras next year”