Norfolk County Youth Orchestra
Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) was established in 1959 to enhance the breadth and quality of musical opportunities for young people in Norfolk. NCYO is a full symphony orchestra, performing three concerts each year. The Orchestra currently has 67 young players aged from 12 to 21 - all talented musicians from Norfolk schools.
The Orchestra has four day rehearsals each year and residential courses in October and April. NCYO gives both full orchestral concerts and performances by smaller chamber music ensembles. Before the inception of Triorca, NCYO undertook many tours abroad - including regular visits to their twinned city-regions, and other countries. The preparatory tour to Novi Sad in 2010, was the first by any schools' orchestra since the Bosnian war.
Norfolk County Youth Orchestra offers a unique opportunity for Norfolk's young musicians to enjoy performing music of the highest quality. Players work regularly with professional conductors and musicians - including as memberss of Triorca. As early as 2008, the NCYO began working with celebrated Oboist and Conductor, Nicholas Daniel (now Artistic Director of Triorca), together with players from the Britten Sinfonia. Since 2010 the orchestra has been conducted by Andrew Morley who has overseen the orchestra going from strength to strength and performing with international soloists such as Stephen Hough, Peter Donohoe, and alongside ensembles such as the Orchestra of Ancient Music, the London Mozart Players etc.
NCYO players take pride in their performance and acquire important life skills of team building, leadership, time management and self-confidence. Membership of NCYO is based on ability and ability to learn - regardless of family income. Many players go onto music college - including the London and Northern Conservatoires, through strong links built up over the past decade - and thence to successful careers as professional musicians and teachers.
It is extremely important to the Director and her team, that no talented player is excluded because of financial circumstances; to which end parents and supporters in the Friends of NCYO (FNCYO) have worked tirelessly to raise the considerable funds to make the residentiaal and membership affordable to all.
Since 2017, NCYO has been proud to be Orchestra in Residence at the magnificent Open concert venue, in the heart of Norwich.
Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians
Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) was established in 2013 in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, to develop the Norfolk young musicians of tomorrow. NCYM meets weekly at The Arc, Norwich, and now caters for up to 200 beginner and advanced players aged 7-19, across the widest possible range of instruments, styles and genres.
Many enthusiastic NCYM musicians progress into the Intermediate Youth Orchestra (also based at The Arc), and then the most able onto NCYO - and Triorca.
Serbian & German Musicians
Isidor Bajic Music School
Isidor Bajic, music pedagogue, publisher, collector of folk songs and composer, founded the Music School in Novi Sad which carries his name on 1st September 1909. Isidor Bajić Music School therefore marked its centenary in 2009 and over the last hundred and two years, we have grown into the biggest and best music school in Serbia. The School has seven departments in primary and secondary school (Piano, String, Wind, Accordion, Voice, Poly-Instrumental and Music Theory Department) and a Music Kindergarten for children aged 4-7 years. That means we have over 1,100 pupils and 145 teachers!
We are dedicated to solo performances and chamber music, but also to choir and orchestra ensembles. In the primary school we have a choir, 'Bajic Nightingales', an accordion ensemble and string orchestra. In the secondary school there are female and mixed choruses, accordion ensemble and symphony orchestra. Every school year we participate in different Serbian and international competitions (Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Germany, France, Taiwan, Japan) and we have won over 150 awards. We have published one audio cassette, seven CDs and a monograph 'Novi Sad – a City of Music'.
Isidor Bajic Music School has been a member of the European Music School Union (EMU) since 2006, and is a member of other music organisations - Association of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM, European Piano Teachers Association EPTA, EPTA Serbia and EPTA Voyvodina. We enjoy excellent links with other music schools in Serbia, and with partners in music schools from Kotor (Montenegro), Velenje (Slovenia), Siklós (Hungary), Moscow (Russia) and Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, Norwich (England).
Isidor Bajic Music School and our principal, Mrs. Radmila Rakin Martinovic, were awarded the New Millennium Award for the Best Trade Name (2004) as well the highest educational awards in Serbia. We are founders and organizers of two international competitions, Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial (since 2002) and Anton Eberst Clarinet and Flute Competition (since 2008), and the World Piano Conference (since 2009).
Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, The Young Symphony, was founded in 1973 and has since developed into one of the finest youth orchestras in Germany.
For the past 30 years, about one hundred young musicians gather three times a year to be trained in symphonic music. The state's most talented students between 12 and 19 years of age are invited to perform under the guidance of dedicated professional music teachers. Often, the orchestra members themselves find new talents to join the orchestra. In addition to those, students are recommended by music and instrument teachers. If positions are limited, auditions are hold to select the best instrumentalist. Since 1988, newcomers can join the "Junior Orchestra" as the first step to become a member of The Young Symphony.
Hermann Josef Lentz founded the orchestra and was its first executive director from 1973-1983; Hellmuth Geldsetzer succeeded Mr. Lentz and served from 1983-1988, and Klaus-Martin Heinz directed from 1988 to 1999. Since 1999, Miroslaw B. Fojtzik is the executive director of The Young Symphony, Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz.
The conductors vary from project to project. Usually an experienced conductor supervises the young musicians, although occasionally conducting duties are taken by promising young talents. For the past several years, Klaus Arp, conducting professor at the College of Music Mannheim-Heidelberg, frequently worked with the young musicians. Since 1977, Michael Luig, music professor at the College of Music in Cologne, has conducted the orchestra regularly and has shaped it through his continuous and intensive work. The high standard of the LJO is documented in many radio and television performances, record albums, and CD productions.
The belief that training in classical music is greatly enhanced by historical, social, and cultural education finds support in the remarkable travel activity of the youth orchestra. Concert tours took the orchestra throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Austria, France, England, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Greece, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Poland, Czech Republic and China. Furthermore, the orchestra travelled several times to the United States of America (Chicago, Michigan, Florida) and to Mexico. The concerts in California, October 2003, were greatly appreciated by the audiences.
Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture Affairs in Mainz. It receives generous support from the non-profit supporting association 'LJO-Förderkreis' under the chairmanship of Dr. Ivo Meinhold-Heerlein. This association has provided the orchestra with instruments, supports music education of students from indigent backgrounds and sponsors CD productions and concert tours. The association members and the executive board hope to continue to contribute to the high level of music education of the talented young people in Rheinland-Pfalz.
Landesmusikgymnasium Rheinland-Pfalz in Montabaur is a lively day and boarding school offering a wide range of activities.
The aim of the school is to provide students with both an excellent education in music as well as the general academic qualifications (Abitur) which enable them to study all subjects at universities across the country. Students planning a career in music are offered a comprehensive music programme that prepares them for success at university.
Music at the Landesmusikgymnasium extends beyond the standard requirement at other grammar schools: Alongside additional music instruction during the regular school day - four periods per week in Years 5-10, five periods per week in Years 11-13 (advanced level) – our students receive free lessons on their study instrument after school.
We give our students the opportunity to study composition and develop their aural skills more thoroughly than is usually possible at other schools.
Furthermore, each student joins at least one of our school's many ensembles: We currently have three (classical) orchestras, two big bands, five choirs, three wind ensembles, guitar and percussion ensembles, various bands, combos and numerous chamber music groups.
For more detailed information visit our website at www.musikgymnasium.de
Every year more than 200 students compete successfully in music competitions. Choirs, orchestras and big bands have repeatedly earned first prize in national and international competitions and have thus contributed to the excellent reputation that the school enjoys even beyond the borders of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Artistic Director & Conductors
Triorca's Artistic Director is the international virtuoso, Nicholas Daniel, Principal Oboe and Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia. He will conduct the orchestra's performances in 2012 and 2013.
Nicholas Daniel's long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and further competitions in Europe. At his debut at the BBC Proms in 1992 the Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today one of the UK's most distinguished soloists as well as an increasingly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields.
In January 2012, Nicholas Daniel was awarded the Queen's Medal for Music, becoming only the seventh recipient of this honour.
Nicholas has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, working under conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Oliver Knussen, Jiri Belohlavek, Edward Gardner and David Robertson. He appears regularly at many international music festivals, including Aldeburgh, Kuhmo, Deflt and West Cork. He has premiered works by composers including Birtwistle, Dutilleux, Musgrave, Osborne, Tavener and Tippett; several of these works have been premiered at the Proms, in which Nicholas also made his conducting debut in 2004 with Britten Sinfonia, of which he is Associate Artistic Director. An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, enjoying a long history of collaboration with the pianist Julius Drake and a number of distinguished string quartets. He is oboist to the California-based ensemble Camerata Pacifica.
Nicholas is also Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival, and is Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen. He plays Loree instruments supplied by Crowthers of Canterbury in association with Loree, Paris.
'What we heard was a marvel... the most convincing, gripping, sheerly beautiful realisation of Gruppen that I've heard.'
– Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Andrew studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and later gained a scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music where he graduated with distinction and won the Ricordi Conducting Prize. He began his career with many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber ensembles as well as choirs, choral groups and wind ensembles. Whilst at Trinity performances included Aaron Copland's ballet 'Appalachian Spring', Heinz Holliger's experimental study in breath 'Pneuma' and a concert alongside the late dance-band supremo Stanley Black.
Notable work has included Stockhausen's rarely performed 'Gruppen' for three orchestras, an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Music festival and the critically acclaimed 'Medousa: A Miniature Opera' for which he was composer and musical supervisor. Andrew has worked with soloists Wissam Boustany, David Owen Norris, Tim Jackson and has given the première of a new work for 'DJ' and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev which was later unveiled at the Proms. He has prepared music for renowned film composer Debbie Wiseman, conductors Barry Wordsworth and Ed Gardner, and has performed alongside celebrities such as Jonathan Ross, Henry Kelly and Sir Terry Wogan. Future work includes engagements with Essex Chamber Orchestra, the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, the Wolsey Orchestra and the Dorking Chamber Orchestra as well as the fortieth anniversary of the European Youth Music Week in Birmingham. Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Junior Trinity and Oxford Brookes University and continues the roles of musical director with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Sinfonia (an orchestra he co-founded) and the BBC Elstree Concert Band.
In February 2004 Andrew was awarded first prize at the Allianz-Cornhill Musical Insurance Conducting Competition (formerly the prestigious British Reserve competition) having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra.