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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
The musicians gave a 20 minute performance to the Year 5 and 6
girls, demonstrating the kinds of music that can be created by wind
instruments. The girls 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 girls 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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