Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, one of the finest youth orchestras in the world is set to perform a programme of musical drama featuring the works of Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev at the Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday 23rd October.

Bringing together over one hundred musicians aged 14-18, the orchestra is a regular at major UK venues and festivals and has a rich history which has included international tours of the USA, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.  It is set to bring this experience and the skill of musicians based at the largest specialist music school in the UK to the RNCM.  The quality of the orchestra and performances are frequently compared with those of professional ensembles and has lead to performances under world renowned conductors such as Yan Pascal Tortelier, Paul McCreesh, Jac Van Steen and Sir Mark Elder.

Under the direction of Paul Mann, the award winning conductor who has worked alongisde the likes of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the BBC Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony and the Halle, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra will perform works by two Russian greats – Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony No. 6 and Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Whilst Bernstein’s score to the 1954 movie On The Waterfront is featured with a performance of the Symphonic Suite.  The orchestra is set to be led by Elizaveta Saul from Belarus, a Chetham’s student and winner of the Chetham’s 2013 Concerto Competition.

Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham’s, said: “These outstanding works showcase the exceptional qualities of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra. The excitement of rehearsing these pieces has been palpable, even from the first rehearsal and I know we are set for a thrilling performance so – hold on to your hats!”

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