Teenage musician from Bedford wins coveted place with National Youth Orchestra

Alex Papp
Alex Papp

A Bedford teenager has been awarded a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2019.

Alex Papp, 17, will join the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers and will be with 164 other young musicians from all over the country to take part in concerts, and which is also planning its first tour to the USA in 2019.

Alex has been playing the violin for nine years and composing for four years.

He attends the Purcell School of Music in Bushey as a first study composer.

Alex said: “I’m really excited to be part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain because it gives me the opportunity to work with the best musicians of my age, with great conductors, and to hear my work performed at venues across the country - in London, Liverpool and Birmingham, this year, among others.”

Together they will tour major UK concert halls, volunteer 1,000 combined hours to NYO Inspire, and give a debut performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall as part of the USA tour.

The orchestra will meet for the first time during December, rehearsing in residence at the University of Warwick with conductor Kirill Karabits – Chief Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

NYO will appear at the Barbican in February to take part in the world premiere performance of a new ‘National Anthem’ written by British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney.

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