Future Talent Orchestra’s mentoring and performance day

On Sunday 10 July the Future Talent Orchestra came together for its second performance, a culmination of a day of mentoring concentrating on music by Joseph Haydn and the Age of Enlightenment.

We welcomed back some of our Alumni who joined current Future Talent Musicians, some of whom performed in the inaugural performance last year.

The rehearsals were led by Margaret Faultless, an internationally renowned specialist in historical performance practice, both as a violinist and a director.  Margaret spent the day exploring and discussing excerpts from Haydn’s Symphonies:

“My approach to investigate the music together by trying all sorts of phrasings, colours and expression in order to discover ‘our’ way, was taken up by the young players with wonderful enthusiasm” 

In the afternoon the Musicians separated into sectionals for wind, led by professional musician and oboist Leo Duarte; lower stings, led by Relationship Manager and professional cellist Lucia Capellaro; and upper strings led by Margaret Faultless.

There was some wonderful feedback from Musicians’ parents; Rebecca, mum of Oliver, a cellist and recipient of a Robinson Bursary, said:

 “Maggie was truly inspirational.  Her energy and passion for the music was not like anything Ollie had ever seen before and has given him all kinds of ideas for his music making.  Playing and learning about Haydn’s music in this way came at just the right time for Ollie, as he has just started learning Haydn’s cello concerto in C”

There was a final rehearsal in the afternoon before the musicians performed at Rambert studios on London’s South Bank to a capacity audience of 60 people.  One of our guests Reverend Paul Williams said:

“It was a privilege to be there for the performance.  I was really impressed with the standard of playing – I assume that as last year, most of the musicians had only been able to rehearse together earlier in the day.  They really did achieve wonders!”  

The Orchestral Days form an integral part of the mentoring we provide and offer an opportunity for our current and Alumni Musicians to meet, rehearse and perform together, whilst engaging with and learning from professional musicians and specialists.

“Now that the Future Talent Orchestra has had its second performance it is really lovely to see how the group is evolving.  Watching the development of the Musicians who have been involved in both projects is fantastic – their chamber music and listening skills are developing really well and it is fascinating to see how they have become more aware of themselves in a group setting.  Equally, our new Musicians integrated into the group fantastically and really added to the music making.  I hope that these orchestral days continue to provide an opportunity for experimentation in a focussed and intelligent learning environment, whilst also offering the occasion to strengthen friendships, which are fundamental to our sense of community within the Charity”
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Lucia Capellaro, Relationship Manager

“The Haydn Day with the Future Talent Orchestra has been a highlight of 2016.  The energy, talent, musicianship and openness to the music was very special.  Future Talent is a remarkable organisation brilliantly organised for exceptional musicians”
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Margaret Faultless

“Ollie has talked non-stop about his experience with Maggie and the Future Talent Orchestra, and I believe this will prove to be a watershed moment in Ollie’s musical development”
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Rebecca, Oliver’s mum