Congratulations to Lottie from Year 11 who has won a place in the National Youth Orchestra for next year. Lottie who has been learning the violin since she was 7 years old, auditioned in London for a place in the orchestra which saw more than 800 musicians contesting 164 places. This will be Lottie's second year with the orchestra having successfully performed with them this year and with her experience she has been asked to be a Creative Collective Representative. All performers have to audition again each year, which Lottie feels makes you work even harder as you have to be at your very best to be selected again.
Lottie is now looking forward to the nine performances she will be making with the orchestra which is considered to be one of the world's greatest orchestras for teenage musicians. The first performances will be in Manchester, London and Nottingham, in January, where Lottie will be performing Bartok's Bluebeard‘s Castle and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Lottie has also successfully auditioned for the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music.
Lottie's advice to others auditioning for the National Youth Orchestra would be "don't choose something because you think it looks impressive but choose the pieces you really love".