King’s Lynn Corn Exchange concert for Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra in a previous performance at The Forum in Norwich
Norfolk County Youth Orchestra in a previous performance at The Forum in Norwich

Acclaimed pianist Peter Donohoe joins the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra in a concert at Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday (7.30pm).

The orchestra, the flagship ensemble of Norfolk Music Service, will present a powerful and exciting concert including a repertoire from Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov’s virtuosic Second Piano Concerto when they will be joined by Peter Donohoe CBE.

Peter Donohoe CBE

Peter Donohoe CBE

Donohoe has built an extraordinary worldwide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and over 40 years’ experience as a pianist.

Having won the Silver Medal of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (no Gold was given), he is now acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

He has extensively recorded and performed works by Rachmaninov to great acclaim.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra has a growing reputation nationally as an exciting and innovative youth orchestra. It gives regular concerts throughout East Anglia as well as undertaking tours abroad.

Its members are all aged between 12-19 and attend schools in Norfolk.

This has been another busy year of residential courses and concerts and later this month, members of the orchestra will travel to Germany to perform as part of the Triorca project; an international youth orchestra made up of players from Norfolk, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and Vojvodina, Serbia.

Of the orchestra members that are leaving Norfolk for higher education this year, six have chosen to study music, either at university or music conservatoires, and many others will hope to continue to play their instruments; a true testament to the talent and enthusiasm these players show.

The Friends of the Youth Orchestra is a charity set up with the purpose of helping to fund the continuation of orchestral courses for the young musicians, following the announcement of recent cuts to their budget.

Financial help is urgently required for the continuation of the orchestra, for which any donors or sponsors can contact friendschair@ncyo.org.uk for more information.

Tickets for the concert are just £10 adults, £8 concessions, under 16s free; call the box office on 01553 764864 or visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk for more information.