Last Thursday, we hosted the Camden Youth Orchestra and Concert Band and were treated to a truly wonderful concert. The programme was as follows:

  • Overture from ‘The Mikado’ (Sullivan)
  • London Suite (Coates)
  • Three Dances from ‘Henry VIII’ (German)
  • March of the Trolls, from ‘Lyric Suite’ (Grieg)
  • Ritual Bernotas
  • Carnival of Venice -Soloist – Ned Ashcroft (Arban)
  • Highlights from ‘Moulin Rouge’ arr. Michael Brown
  • Ritual Fire Dance (Manuel de Falla)

The Camden Youth Orchestra (conductor Ian Brookman) and the Camden Concert Band (conductor Richard Martyn) are just two of many musical ensembles which are organised for young people in Camden, which is a small central London borough which encompasses both leafy, wealthy Hampstead, and Somers Town, one of the six poorest wards in the country, and every gradation in between. Camden is a very multicultural borough and our activities are offered to young people who come, or whose parents have come here, from almost every country in the world.

The CYO and the CCB rehearse at weekends and in the school holidays, and give concerts both locally and in major London venues. They play every other year at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Camden Schools’ Music Festival.