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Young Sinfonia in York: concerts Saturday 22 February 2014

(photo: Mark Savage)

(photo: Mark Savage)

(photo: Mark Savage)

Nicholas Kraemer (photo: Robert Carpenter Turner)

We are delighted that Young Sinfonia, the prestigious regional youth orchestra, has chosen the National Centre for Early Music for its February half term residency.  Young Sinfonia are based at the NCEM from Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 February 2014 for three days of rehearsals followed by two concerts:

11.00am, Saturday 22nd February
Introduction to the Orchestra: Family Concert 
Nicholas Kraemer conductor

Ever wondered what makes an orchestra work, or what that funny looking instrument is? Come and find out as Young Sinfonia present an Introduction to the Orchestra followed by a short concert.
Tickets: £5.00 (concessions £3.00; under 16s free)  To book click here .  

7.30pm, Saturday 22 February
A Time There Was...
Nicholas Kraemer conductor
Mozart: Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C minor
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes (A Time There Was)
Beethoven: Symphony no.8 
Nicholas Kraemer returns to conduct Young Sinfonia almost exactly 200 years to the day since Beethoven's masterful 8th symphony was premiered in Vienna.
Prices £7.50 (concessions £5.50; under 16s free)  To book click here

Trained by Alan Fearon and players from Northern Sinfonia, Young Sinfonia brings together around 40 outstanding young string, wind, brass and percussion players from all over the north of England and Scotland, including some from York, such as this year's leader Billy Marshall.  Members are aged 13-19 and usually play at the standard of grade 7/8 and above.  Young Sinfonia is run by the Young Musicians Programme at Sage Gateshead.
Over the past few years the orchestra has been conducted by international figures such as Garry Walker, Ainars Rubikis and Jurjen Hempel, as well as Nicholas Kraemer.  They have been joined by distinguished soloists such as Howard Shelley, Richard Martin (Northern Sinfonia's Principal Trumpet) and the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006 Mark Simpson.

Young Sinfonia gives performances in venues across the Northeast and also far and wide on international tours. In February 2010 they joined forces with a youth orchestra in Gothenburg to give several performances of Holst's 'Planets Suite' in south west Sweden and the north of England; a year later Young Sinfonia gave a Sunday morning family concert to an audience of over 800 in a central Milan concert hall.  In October 2012 they ventured further afield to Singapore, where they introduced the orchestra to several hundred school children in addition to rehearsing challenging English repertoire which they performed in both Singapore and Hall One in Gateshead. They have performed Mahler in Watford with the Purcell School Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov in Edinburgh with St Mary's Music School. Repertoire performed by Young Sinfonia across the North of England includes Handel, Haydn and Mozart to contemporary works.
Conductor Nicholas Kraemer is equally at home in front of modern and period orchestras and enjoys a busy schedule of international engagements. In addition, he holds the positions of Permanent Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

Appearing worldwide with many prestigious ensembles Nicholas Kraemer has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition, he has long-established relationships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Musikkollegium Winterthur. Recent seasons have included engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and Detroit, Colorado and West Australia Symphony Orchestras. He maintains links with the younger generation of musicians through collaborations with the Dartington Summer Schools, El Sistema orchestras in Venezuela, Young Sinfonia, Aspen Summer School and joint endeavors with the Manchester Camerata and Royal Northern College of Music.