As CBSO Youth Ambassadors we had a crazy month in January, our concert the 9th, that we’d been working on since the summer was a real success, with a great turn out and fab feedback – we really enjoyed ourselves! Since the big night we’ve been reflecting on the five months we’ve spent together, as well as looking towards the rest of the programme. Last meeting we worked on interview questions that we will be posing to Nicola Benedetti at the post concert talk following her performance with the CBSO on Saturday. Some of us were also lucky enough to be invited to one of the members events linked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra which allowed us to meet, present to and chat to funders and donors of the CBSO – a truly fancy, and great evening.
My most recent concert was ‘Mirga’s Beethoven’, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla lead the CBSO with style in a new composition by Unsuk Chin – SPIRA, Concerto for Orchestra, Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, and Beethoven Symphony No. 2.
I thought it was really well programmed, enticing large audiences with the Beethoven symphonies, but combining them with two new compositions (the Unsuk Chin piece, and a new commission as part of their centenary encore scheme by Liam Taylor-West called Turning Points). A unique blending of classic and modern. The programme was interesting and informative, and it was really useful to have an insert about the new commission – it was also really nice to have Mirga talk about the encore scheme as it varied the presentation just a little bit. I had a really lovely evening, and the atmosphere really buzzed, and it was refreshing to see a number of young people, student and school’s groups attending, and then excitably chatting about the music afterwards.