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Open evening for West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra being held

The West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra is looking to expand its ranks as its director looks to leave it in an even healthier state before he departs next year.

After eight years, Rob Galliard will be literally handing over the baton for the orchestra to an ex-pupil of his, Amy Power, 28, in the summer of 2020.

Rob, a former teacher at Springwood High School, said: “I thought it was time to hand it over to someone who could take it on.

The West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra (16115351)
The West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra (16115351)

“I’m not getting any younger and I was delighted to hand it on to Amy, who is very keen.

“When I took it on, the orchestra was at a pretty low ebb and we have got it back on its feet.”

There are currently 25 members of the orchestra, but there is room for many more – up to 60. The youngest is 10 and the oldest is 17. Membership is open to anyone up to 21, but most are at school.

An open evening is being held at Springwood High on Wednesday, September 18, 7-8.30pm. Grade 4 standard on your instrument is required and obviously a commitment to rehearse.

The orchestra consists of strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, so no saxophones please.

Rob said it was a chance for players to “stretch” themselves by taking part in the discipline of an orchestra.

He said: “If you come along you can have a look at us to see what is involved and we can have a look at them and see whether they are up to standard.

“The main thing is that it is fun, that is the philosophy.

“People build real friendships in the orchestra and it is a character building thing.”

The repertoire played by WNJYO varies from Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak to popular music such as the Harry Potter theme and other film music.

WNJYO performs three or four concerts around West Norfolk.

For more information contact Rob on 01553 773574 or visit the website WNJYO.org.uk.

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