Peak youth musicians set for Royal Albert Hall prom

The Peak District String Orchestra is to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Peak District String Orchestra is to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Young Peak District musicians are set to take to the stage at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall.

On the same day last July, the 35 young players, aged 11-18, of the Peak District String Orchestra (PDSO) won both an award at the Music for Youth national event in Birmingham and a citation as the best large ensemble in the Buxton Festival Fringe - a testament to their stamina as well as their musical abilities.

They have now been invited to appear in a Music for Youth Prom at the Albert Hall in London on Tuesday November 24.

One of the most prestigious youth concerts in the UK, the Proms last over three days and showcase some 3,000 young musicians from across the country.

Director of the orchestra, Ian Naylor, said: “This is a tremendous and thoroughly deserved accolade for a terrific group of young people.

“For many of them it will be a once in a lifetime experience. For others, following in the path of other youngsters who have played with PDSO in the past, it will be a milestone in their musical careers.”

PDSO is one of 16 string, wind and voice ensembles run by Peak District Music Centres across the Peak.

Young people at an early or accomplished stage in their playing are very welcome to join.

For more details, visit www.pdmc.org.uk or contact the orchestra’s co-ordinator, Hannah Watson, on 07772 021 653.