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RCMJD Students at the Last Night of the Proms
Earlier this year, several musicians from RCMJD took part in the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble at the famous Last Night of the Proms. Current students Columba Dromgoole-Cavazzi (violin), Ben Holford (trombone), Amy Lovejoy (violin), Luca Wadham (viola) and ex-RCMJD student, Laura MacDonald (cello) were all involved.
Amy Lovejoy, who led the ensemble, said: 'After sending in a video clip to members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, I found out that I had been selected from hundreds of other applicants aged 14-21 to play a world premiere in the Last Night of the Proms. On 6 &7 August and the Friday before the Proms I travelled up to London to rehearse at the BBC Maida Vale Studios. Playing alongside members of the BBCSO and having Stephen Bryant [leader of the BBCSO] as my desk partner was inspirational.
'It was so interesting to get a taster of what it would be like to lead a professional orchestra. Also rehearsing, performing (and shaking hands) with Sakari Oramo, a world renowned conductor, was such an honour. Additionally, Tom Harrold, the composer of Raze, attended the rehearsals and helped us understand how he wanted his piece to be played and why he wrote it.
'On the night, the atmosphere and energy within the Royal Albert Hall was absolutely spellbinding and I was very lucky to be able to join the audience for the second half after sharing my experience on BBC Radio 3 at the interval. From this wonderful opportunity, I feel that I have hugely improved my leading skills, rhythmic accuracy (due to the nature of the piece) and awareness of other members of the orchestra when playing.'
Photography © Chris Christodoulou