MEET THE PLAYERS:
Phoebe Clarke, originally from Melbourne, Australia, is currently in her third year undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, studying classical double bass. She’s recently been spending time trying to expand her knowledge of solo repertoire on the double bass, and posting daily on her Instagram practice account.
Throughout lockdown, Phoebe co-founded “Bassists with Boobs”, a platform to promote, empower and celebrate underrepresented genders in the double bass community. Other than this, and practice of course, she loves playing with her dogs, teaching and being crafty!
Phoebe has been performing with YMSO since 2019, and has thoroughly enjoyed playing in a more “professional” environment. She led the double bass section in the last live concert in November, and has loved contributing to the YMSO Virtual Concerts in anticipation for when they take place in person once again. ... See MoreSee Less
A most wonderful Thames Youth Orchestra alumna too!
MEET THE PLAYERS:
Leah Leong is originally from Bristol and completed her masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in August 2020. She plays in a variety of ensembles ranging from classical to pop and can’t wait to start performing again.
Since 2018, Leah has been the principal cellist in YMSO and has loved exploring a wide range of orchestral repertoire and meeting so many other musicians from different conservatoires.
During lockdown, Leah has been running and trying to improve on her 10k PB time, experimenting with recording at home, volunteering in her local zero waste shop, and watching a lot of Netflix. ... See MoreSee Less
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Jake Parker is a 4th year horn player at Guildhall, originally from Sevenoaks in Kent. He first played with YMSO in 2017, and has been Principal Horn since January 2019.
Jake will be continuing his studies at Guildhall in September on the prestigious Orchestral Artistry Masters Programme.
During Lockdown 3, he’s been rediscovering his childhood love of chess, exploring the world of craft beer, and riding around East London on his trusty bicycle! ... See MoreSee Less
Even while we can’t meet up to play together the work doesn’t stop. James is beavering away on a number of exciting projects for YMSO, including another Virtual Performance. Watch this space!! ... See MoreSee Less
In November we were able to meet and play together, but without an audience. As a result sharing this video of our concert with you is particularly special for us. Please enjoy!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE1JaATQ0pA ... See MoreSee Less
Your Christmas present from the YMSO is wrapped and ready for you to open at midday tomorrow! See you there ... See MoreSee Less
...and that’s a wrap.
We look forward to sharing the complete video of our project at St John’s Smith Square in the very near future! ... See MoreSee Less
Well here it is!
After many months of YMSO not being able to play together we returned to St John’s on October the 14th, to play to a live (albeit reduced) audience. Maybe you were there…
It was an emotional and fulfilling experience for all involved.
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With our return to St John’s Smith Square this evening, we are pleased to present a fourth virtual performance for your enjoyment.
Tchaikovsky’s ‘Grand Pas de Deux’ from ‘Nutcracker’ has long been a favourite within the repertoire and our musicians have had a lot of fun putting it together.
Thank you for your continuing support in these difficult times and we hope to be able to see you at a concert very soon.
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So great to be back making music at our home St John’s Smith Square over the last few days preparing for our first concert since lockdown. Lots of safety measures in place, more space between our players and a smaller orchestra than usual.
We are so lucky to be performing for a live audience (albeit much reducedl!) tomorrow. If you didn't get one of the limited number of tickets, don't worry! We will be sharing a video of the concert with you all in a few weeks!!
We are playing Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven Symphony No.8 with our Artistic Director James Blair MBE. ... See MoreSee Less