Talented musician Tarek Eldin in Year 13 at Bedford Modern School (BMS) has been selected to join the cello section of the highly-acclaimed National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) following auditions in September and October.
More than 700 young musicians applied for a coveted place in the orchestra, all playing at post-Grade 8 standard. The panel were impressed with Tarek’s playing and ensemble skills and felt that he had the ability to make a significant contribution to the Orchestra which comprises 164 of the best young players from the UK aged 14-19. Tarek secured one of only 18 places in the cello section which is an extraordinary accomplishment.
Tarek will now take part in residential rehearsal courses followed by concerts playing under some of the world’s finest conductors in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK. The orchestral training and preparation offered by NYO is second to none.
All NYO musicians also take a leadership role within the NYO Inspire programme at the heart of which is the power of peer inspiration and learning. They share their musical skills with other teenage musicians and help them to develop orchestral playing.
Tarek was inspired to audition after seeing NYO perform Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story earlier in the year. As well as being a member of the BMS orchestra, choirs and ensembles Tarek has also played with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra formed of black and minority ethnic (BaME) musicians, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Britten Sinfonia Academy.
Director of Music at BMS, John Mower, said: “This will be a life-changing musical experience for Tarek requiring a great deal of commitment and a lot of his time, but we are sure it as a challenge he will relish. We are delighted for him and very proud of all he has achieved.”