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Minor musicians given a major opportunity

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: June 19, 2012

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SOUTH West young musicians are being given an opportunity to play alongside members of a major professional orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's rousing 1812 overture and Holst's The Planets.

Organisers of the Two Moors Festival, which brings classical music to the region at venues on Exmoor and Dartmoor each autumn, are planning a major concert featuring the Orchestra of the Swan in October at Exeter Cathedral. They want to hear from high-flying instrumentalists (Grade 7 distinction and above) to contact them.

Festival promoter Penny Adie, based at Sandyway, South Molton, said: "Opportunities don't come this way very often and if last year's all-Elgar programme with soloist Julian Lloyd-Webber in front of an audience of 950 people was anything to go by, it was an incredible evening never to be forgotten.

"It was a brilliant experience for many of the youngsters and even helped to decide one or two to continue with orchestral music as a career."

The event was so successful that the festival is repeating the project this year. In addition to the two epic works, the fine young cellist and classical Brit Award winner Guy Johnston, will be performing Haydn's cello concerto in C.

No auditions are necessary but you must be a dedicated player and at least Grade 7 distinction standard.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with the Festival's administrator, Liz Pile, on 01271 830760 or be email liz.pile@btinternet.com Applications must be submitted by July 1.

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