Conducting workshop big hit with students

Conducting Workshop – Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

On Sunday 28 January the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra welcomed student conductors from Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Lancaster Royal Grammar School and members of the orchestra to their Conducting Workshop.  After a coaching session in the morning the students had the rare opportunity to conduct a symphony orchestra.  It was a great day for the student conductors to gain experience and enhance skills.

Eloise, 14, from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School is a chorister and plays recorder, piano and bassoon, said:

“My favorite thing about the workshop was when we were conducting in a small group. It felt very friendly, we made mistakes and built on them in a positive setting. I have always been keen to learn how to conduct and been fascinated how one person can lead an entire orchestra. It was amazing to see how much thought and expression was necessary, and just how challenging it can be. People should go to these kinds of workshops just for the experience. It was a lively atmosphere, I gained valuable knowledge and a good sense of skills I would need if I ever wanted to conduct my own orchestra”

The Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra (LYSO) is one of Lancashire Music Service’s County Ensembles, for committed young musicians across Lancashire. It also offers opportunities like the Conductor Workshop to work with inspiring leaders and professional musicians, alongside like-minded young people.

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