In the Junior Orchestra (for string and wind players) we aim to work on more advanced repertoire and therefore Grade 6 is expected from violinists and a good Grade 5 violists and cellists. Wind players should be grade 6 and above. orchestra on an occasional basis.
Practice parts are given and it is of great benefit if students could look at them during the week beforehand. Some might need to take their music to their teachers for a little extra help.
This orchestra benefits of the additional wind section which enables us to play repertoire like Haydn and other classical Symphonies.
This year we are looking at German Dances by the wonderful Beethoven, excerpts of Bizet’s Carmen plus some Baroque masterpieces like Handel’s Water Music. Later in the year we will attempt to play some challenging Shostakovic.