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Thursday, 17 March 2011
Bolton School Juniors were visited by the Northern Chamber Orchestra Wind Quintet who gave a short concert to pupils followed by a chance for them to try out different instruments for themselves.
The musicians gave a 20 minute performance to the Year 5 and 6 boys, demonstrating the kinds of music that can be created by wind instruments. The boys were then able to have a go at playing the Oboe, the Bassoon, the Flute, the Clarinet, the Saxophone and the French horn with expert guidance from the NCO members and Senior School pupils who already play wind instruments.
Although many boys already have music lessons at school, the aim of the workshop was to introduce them to new instruments that they may not have considered before. Following the session, pupils were given the opportunity to sign up for a free taster lesson with a woodwind teacher in any of the instruments that interested them, with a view to taking up further lessons.
The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli to Stravinsky and beyond. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists.
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