The Essex Youth Orchestra and Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra served up a musical treat on 29 December 2018 in Chelmsford Cathedral.

This joint concert was performed on behalf of the Chelmer Bridge Rotary Club with over £2,000 being raised and going towards Home Start (support and friendship for families) and Dance 21.

The Mayor of Chelmsford said on Twitter “I could not get enough of the brilliant Essex Youth and Youth Jazz Orchestras at the Chelmer Bridge Chelmsford Rotary Concert in Chelmsford Cathedral. From improvisation to Swan Lake, there was something for every appetite!”

I happened by chance to go into the cathedral in Chelmsford on the 29 December and caught the youth orchestra practising. I was blown away after hearing them play after never been interested in classical music. I’m now wondering when and where they will be next playing so I can begin my journey on the classical music adventure.” said Freda Longhurst. What a wonderful endorsement for our young players to inspire a passer-by. (The next concert with the Essex Youth Orchestra is on 12 April at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. More news coming soon!)

More info about the concert ….. The concert was a great success and the young musicians performed to a cathedral full of families, friends and the general public.

Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra led by their resident conductor, Martin Hathaway, performed a wide range of jazz pieces including well know standards and more contemporary styles, illustrating their improvisation skills and getting the audience’s feet tapping.

Essex Youth Orchestra took centre stage after the interval under the direction of maestro, Robin Browning. The audience were clearly thrilled by the young players’ superb delivery and the amazing sound they created whilst performing  Smetana’s Vltava, Tchaikovsky’s  Swan Lake Suite and Marquez’s Danzon No 2.  The concert was topped off with a captivating rendition of Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean, which brought the audience to their feet in a unified standing ovation.