Henry Thomas (Ch 3) heard yesterday that he had won a place in the National Children's Orchestra, which he is absolutely delighted about. Henry's performance of Goedicke’s virtuosic Concert Etude for solo trumpet was one of the highlights of our New Entrants' concert earlier this term, and this recognition of his outstanding talent is well deserved.
Henry first auditioned for the U12 orchestra two years ago, and was put on the reserve list. Last year he auditioned again and made it into the U13 orchestra, but his big goal has always been to get into the main orchestra.
In addition to the audition which took place at half term, Henry has taken part in three courses this year, with the final one being in London last weekend. The children rehearsed all day on the Saturday, and for 3 hours on Sunday before their concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall - which was completely sold out.
When he found out that he was one of only six trumpeters in the country to get into the main orchestra, Henry said, somewhat modestly, that he was 'very proud'! His next goal is to get into the National Youth Orchestra in two years' time.
Henry joined Shrewsbury as a music scholar this term. He already has Grade 7 distinctions in both trumpet and piano, and has performed in Barcelona Cathedral as well as various venues in Prague when on tour with Winterfold House School, and at the Upton Jazz Festival with the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Henry will be playing with the National Children's Orchestra at the Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 14th April.