Barnet Chamber Orchestra Resume

      Barnet Chamber Orchestra (BCO) may be new to Barnet but they are certainly no strangers to the world of music. The orchestra were previously based elsewhere in North London but have now made Queen Elizabeth's School for Boys their home for regular Tuesday evening rehearsals and concerts.

The orchestra was formed in 2002 and since then has played and performed a wide ranging repertoire with a variety of exciting soloists, aiming to stage two concerts each year. Recent highlights include the performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola with soloists drawn from the English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

BCO is looking forward to another enjoyable year of music making under the leadership of its conductor, Rachael Young. New Zealand born Rachael began her musical studies at 14 with the cello. She came to England in 1994 after winning a New Zealand Arts Council grant and subsequently began studying conducting with Lawrence Leonard at Morley College London, going on to participate in several prestigious masterclasses in England and abroad.

BCO also benefits from the skill of several professional players who offer valuable support to the amateurs within the orchestra, with the violins, violas and cellos in particular all benefiting from expert leadership.

The group rehearses in a relaxed but purposeful atmosphere, exploring a wide range of music, and prides itself on its commitment to consistently rehearsing with the same players. In this way it develops agenuine sense of progress and growth amongst the players. The orchestra has a broad mix of ages and interests amongst its players and the social side is also very important to all the players.

BCO is always pleased to welcome new members, especially strings, so if you are keen to participate in purposeful but fun music making then we will be delighted to hear from you. All the details can be found on our website or by phone 020 8950 9359 or 020 8954 0430.

Updated:  September 13, 2010

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