Youth Orchestra is music to teens’ ears

Queen Elizabeth's Academy students and National Youth Orchestra musicians line up for a 'team photo'.
Queen Elizabeth's Academy students and National Youth Orchestra musicians line up for a 'team photo'.

A mission to introduce classical music to school-age children led to a visit by the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in Mansfield.

The visit from the 70-piece orchestra was part of the NYO’s Play The School scheme, aimed at giving inspiring musical experiences to teenagers.

National Youth Orchestra musicians performing an instrument workshop.

National Youth Orchestra musicians performing an instrument workshop.

Queen Elizabeth’s was one of only ten lucky schools in the UK to host the young musicians, who oversaw workshops, explained all about their instruments and set up musical flashmobs, as well as giving a powerful performance. Academy principal Kimberley Willmot said: “To hear them was a joy and a privilege.”

Children at primary schools in the Mansfield area joined in the fun.

Children at primary schools in the Mansfield area joined in the fun.

An academy student with one of the NYO violinists.

An academy student with one of the NYO violinists.