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International Youth Philharmonic Rehearses at School

Monday, 25 July 2016

Over one hundred young musicians from the twin towns of Bolton and Paderborn in Germany came together to form an International Youth Philharmonic (IYP) orchestra. They met for the first time at Bolton School, which hosted the orchestra’s rehearsals in the UK.

Forty-nine Bolton Music Service Students, including some Bolton School pupils, and sixty-six students from Paderborn Music School met for the first time on 13 July as they arrived for the first rehearsals. They worked on three pieces in total and were conducted by Jürgen Boelsen and Stuart Hazelton. The musicians used Bolton School’s classrooms as breakout rooms to run through different parts of the pieces in their sections, and the Girls’ Division Great Hall to rehearse as a full orchestra.

As this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the IYP concerts, and thirty years of friendship between the towns of Bolton and Paderborn, the programme was chosen to reflect the original pieces that were performed at the very first IYP concerts in 1986. These were William Walton’s Crown Imperial ‘A Coronation March’, Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 1 in D major ‘Titan’: a demanding and exciting set of pieces which the young musicians tackled with huge enthusiasm and skill.

Carolyn Baxendale, head of Bolton Music Service, said, “The International Youth Philharmonic remains one of the strongest links and the oldest initiatives between the twin towns of Paderborn and Bolton, and one which sees the young people of the youth orchestras come together in a very special collaboration.

“It promises to create a marvellous evening of music-making, celebrating the musical collaboration and friendships between the twinned towns and their young people. This year, we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the International Youth Philharmonic project and Bolton Music Service is proud to see this event going from strength to strength.”

The IYP gave their inaugural performance just a week after rehearsals began on the evening of 19 July at the RNCM in Manchester. The youngsters then travelled to Germany to perform once again at the Paderhalle in Paderborn on 23 July. This concert was the opening event at the well-known Libori Festival, one of the largest and oldest folk festivals in Germany.

The IYP project was supported this year by Bolton’s town twinning association, the Provincial Walsh Trust and Trust Music.

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A full orchestra rehearsal in the Girls

A full orchestra rehearsal in the Girls' Division Great Hall

The IYP filled the School with music over the course of the week

The IYP filled the School with music over the course of the week

Over 100 young musicians from Paderborn and Bolton formed the International Youth Philharmonic

Over 100 young musicians from Paderborn and Bolton formed the International Youth Philharmonic