"My involvement with NYO Inspire began when Wolverhampton Music School organised a coach trip to an NYO Inspire Day which was part of the NYO Inspire Orchestra’s tour in 2016. I was amazed by the size of the orchestra and by what teenagers my age could achieve in such a small amount of time.
I remember finishing the day by saying to my dad how I would love to take part in something like the NYO Inspire Orchestra. I didn’t think it would be possible but I applied to NYO Inspire anyway – I thought to myself that I had nothing to lose and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity!
In July 2017 I took part in an NYO Inspire Day in Birmingham exploring Elgar’s Enigma Variations. I was nervous because I had never played such a big piece with so many talented musicians, but the NYO musicians helped break the piece down into manageable parts which helped and allowed me to see that it was possible. I then attended a 3-day NYO Inspire Ensembles residency in Liverpool. It was a totally new experience which gave me a true feeling of what it was like to be part of such a big ensemble.
NYO Tutors including Max Baillie focussed on many techniques and this guidance has continued to influence my playing and has made me more confident. Through NYO Inspire, earlier this year I was selected to write Tuning into Change: A Youth Manifesto for the Arts alongside NYO musicians and musicians from across the country. I had the opportunity to perform at the Barbican with conductor Gustavo Dudamel which was fantastic!
Everyone at NYO has been friendly and welcoming. I have problems with my arms but they have made me feel that it wasn’t a barrier for being part of NYO Inspire. This year I will be part of the NYO Inspire Orchestra and I can’t wait!"
AIMÉE, NYO INSPIRE MUSICIAN