"What an incredible performance! It amazes me how you manage to take a bunch of musically talented school children for just over 4 days and are able to present a programme such as yesterday's, in front of such a discerning audience."
Final Rehearsal Before the 2017 Concert
This year's stunning concert was performed in front of a packed audience in London's Cadogan Hall on Sunday 29th October.
The annual course was held during the half-term week, Wednesday 25th October to Sunday 29th October at Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar. The excellent facilities and regular refreshments provided an appropriate home for the Orchestra for the week in which to focus all their efforts on creating such a great concert.
Residential students stayed at the well equipped Lincolnsfield Centre nearby and benefited from a cooked dinner and a wide range of evening activities organised by our experienced residential team.
This year's exciting programme began with an energetic performance of Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture. At the beginning of the week, one of the tutors commented that there is always one part of the piece that people can't get to grips with and yet after such an accomplished performance, I think we proved them wrong.
The Orchestra were then delighted to be joined by 12 year old Paloma So to perform Saint Saëns's 3rd Violin Concerto. Paloma recently performed with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Maxim Vengerov's celebration of the Chinese New Year. We were treated to a performance of maturity and great style and despite her young age, she left none of the audience in any doubt that hers will be a name talked about well into the future.
After the interval, the Orchestra produced possibly one of their most polished performances with their rendition of Sibelius's Symphony No.2. Described by Sibelius as "a confession of the soul", the rousing last movement left many of the audience with a tear in their eye.
Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Camille Saint Saëns - Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 in D
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Cadogan Hall 29th October 2017 - Click here to see all photos.
Photos by Alex McNaughton
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