Essex Youth Orchestra spent three days at Felsted School preparing for its concert at the prestigious, Saffron Hall on 12 April, with its resident conductor, Robin Browning

To get the evening underway the Essex Youth Jazz Sextet, directed by Martin Hathaway, performed several jazz pieces in Saffron Hall’s Foyer area.  The music ranged from standards to contemporary styles. This got the audience’s toes tapping and illustrated the group’s ability to groove and improvise!

The audience then settled down in the main hall at this concert venue to hear the Essex Youth Orchestra perform a stimulating reading of the Iron Foundry by Mosolov, an excellent example of Soviet futurist music, using mechanical rhythms where the sections of the orchestra appear to work together like the cogs of a machine. The second piece, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, is considered his best-known symphony which, over four movements engages with all manner of human emotions.

The orchestra is our flagship music group and performed as always to an extremely high standard.  These courses, challenging repertoire and concerts are hugely beneficial experiences for the young players in their musical journeys especially when performing at such a prestigious venue to a supportive and enthusiastic audience.