Bedford student earns place at National Youth Orchestra

Tarek Eldin
Tarek Eldin

A talented musician from Bedford Modern School has won a coveted place at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).

Tarek Eldin, who is in year 13, secured one of only 18 places in the orchestra’s cello section.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) is widely regarded as the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers and Tarek will join 163 other teens from all over the country as part the exciting orchestra.

Tarek says he was inspired to go for the spot after seeing NYO perform Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story earlier this year.

And in his audition the NYO’s panel were impressed with Tarek’s playing and ensemble skills.

He will now take part in residential rehearsal courses followed by concerts playing under some of the world’s finest conductors in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK.

Director of Music at BMS, John Mower, said: “This will be a life-changing musical experience for Tarek requiring a great deal of commitment and a lot of his time, but we are sure it as a challenge he will relish. We are delighted for him and very proud of all he has achieved.”

As well as being a member of the BMS orchestra, choirs and ensembles Tarek has also played with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra formed of black and minority ethnic (BaME) musicians, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Britten Sinfonia Academy.