Girls play with London Philharmonia
Working with their partner organisation The Philharmonia Orchestra, Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) were able to offer 8 young string players the opportunity to perform alongside professionals as part of an Orchestra Unwrapped concert at De Montfort Hall in January.
Two talented Leicester High girls, Hannah Erlebach and Rou-Qian Poon, were selected to be part of the 8, which was a great achievement. They had two coaching sessions led by players from the Philharmonia, preparing them to play ECO by Paul Rissman to a packed De Montfort Hall. The talented young string players were placed in the string section, each of them sitting next to a professional player for the performance.
Hannah, 15, has been playing the violin since she the age of 7, and has Grade 8. Rou-Qian, 16, has been playing the viola since Year 3 and also has Grade 8. They both attend the LSSO every Saturday morning for a 2 hour session. Both girls said that the professional players were extremely supportive, kind and encouraging. They also said that they were so inspirational because they were very experienced; their ability to sight read was 'astounding' and they barely needed any rehearsal time. The girls were very happy to have had the opportunity and said they would love to do it again. 'Most of all it gave me confidence', said Rou-Qian.