Manx Youth Orchestra to go Dutch

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A WEEK-LONG tour of the Netherlands is in store for the Manx Youth Orchestra this month.

Some 48 musicians, aged 13 to 22, will perform three concerts and enjoy visits to Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh Museum and Phantasialand theme park during the tour.

Concert venues include two churches, one of them de Oude Kerk in Amsterdam where the artist Rembrandt was married.

The orchestra will also perform at the Mondriaan Centre in Heerlen – a psychiatric hospital known for giving enthusiastic welcomes to visiting groups.

The programme includes music by Mussorgsky, Sibelius and Shostakovitch as well as local musician Frank Woolley’s Manx Suite.

They will also perform The Magician, a composition by Ballakermeen High School student and MYO principal flautist Laura Willoughby.

They will be under the baton of Department of Education and Children (DEC) head of music service Maggie Richardson.

Ramsey Grammar School student Caitlyn Fairbairn, 18, who as first violinist is the leader of the orchestra, said: ‘We have been preparing for the tour for months, since our Christmas concert.

‘Some pieces we have played before but we have also been adding new pieces to our repertoire to build it up. There is a wide variety of pieces and I’m sure audiences will enjoy them.’

She added: ‘Everyone is very excited about going.’ The tour starts on July 18 and is sponsored by Friends of the Manx Youth Orchestra.

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