The last 12 months have been very special for OCYO. Their accolades include, but are not limited to, providing workshops for Oxford University, performing concerts for schools (reaching 1500+ school children), collaborating with Ensemble Zohra (the first-ever all-female orchestra from Afghanistan), playing for the final of the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition, and delivering their usual termly concerts and Summer tour (Italy 2019). But two achievements really stand out! The first was a stunning performance that saw them collaborate with the Sydney Youth Orchestra in April. The second exceeded even the wildest expectations, not only learning the incredibly ambitious Strauss Don Juan tone poem, but then topping the National Festival of Music for Youth at Birmingham Symphony Hall in July, and being asked to perform it again at the Royal Albert Hall on 12.11.19 in the NFMY Schools Proms.
This a very special orchestra, a very special group of dedicated young musicians, and these memories will last a lifetime for all involved – I couldn’t be more proud!