Congratulations to Ruth Ferris (Year 10) who was selected to play with The Ulster Orchestra in their “Come and Play” experience on Sunday 22 February. Competition for places was fierce, and so it is quite the achievement to have been chosen from so many hopeful young people from across Northern Ireland.
“Come and Play” has been hailed as one of the most popular events in the Ulster Orchestra’s season, with a 150-strong ‘super orchestra.’ Young amateur musicians performed alongside some of the top, world-class musicians in the country, under the direction of Stephen Bell, the orchestra’s conductor.
After hours of gruelling rehearsals, the orchestra gave an outstanding performance of well-known classics, including Bizet’s ‘Les Toreadors’ from “Carmen,” Verdi’s ‘Hymn and Triumphal March’ and the ever popular ‘Star Wars Main Title’ by John Williams. Challenging music by anyone’s standards, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a packed audience.
Ruth is a marvellous ambassador for our school’s music department, as well as the school as a whole. Music Teacher, Mrs Graham has commented: “This is an incredible experience for any young person, and as daunting as it may seem, these are the experiences which will be remembered forever. Having the skills and confidence to perform alongside world-class musicians is no mean feat, and Ruth should be incredibly proud of herself. It is also fantastic to see that pupils from Newtownhamilton, the smallest school in the SELB, have the skills, belief and drive to be a part of such an event. Hopefully Ruth’s experience will encourage others too. Well done Ruth – perhaps a successful career in music awaits you!”