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Young Cornish musicians star at Albert Hall

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

Penzance Youth String Orchestra perform in the prestigious opening slot on the   final night of the Schools Proms

Penzance Youth String Orchestra perform in the prestigious opening slot on the final night of the Schools Proms

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A group of talented young Cornish musicians played at London's Royal Albert Hall in front of an audience of 5,000.

Members of Penzance Youth String Orchestra (PYSO) recently performed to a capacity crowd as part of the national Schools Proms organised by music charity Music For Youth.

The 21 youngsters, aged from 10 to 19, were given the prestigious opening slot on the third and final night of the Schools Proms.

For two of its youngest and newest members, it was their first public performance.

The young ensemble performed part of their own arrangement of Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet before joining West Midlands Rap duo Star in a special collaboration for Music For Youth.

It was the first time that the two young rappers had worked with other live musicians rather than a backing track.

Tim Boulton, director of PYSO, said: "PYSO looked and sounded wonderful, with the violins and violas performing standing with great energy and everyone playing without music.

"The players have worked incredibly hard to make this performance possible and are a fantastic advert for musical talent in Cornwall.

"We've received lots of wonderful feedback including from the director of the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music, who commented on the 'terrific zest and skill' in PYSO's performance which he said had 'set a high bar for the rest of the evening'."

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