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Brentwood School strikes a chord with music awareness workshop

Professional conductor Chloé van Soeterstède has collaborated with the Brentwood School to give students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional setting.

Submitted by Brentwood School

Young musicians from Brentwood, Essex have come together to create a symphony to raise the roof of their school’s Wessex Auditorium.

The first Orchestral Outreach workshop at Brentwood School has proven to be a huge success and staff and students hope it will be the first of many inspiring events for music lovers in the area.

Held in collaboration with professional conductor Chloé van Soeterstède and members of her professional orchestra, the Arch Sinfonia, students were able to discover the intricacies of performing with professional musicians.

Chloé van Soeterstède founded the Arch Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London, in 2012. She conducts her orchestra with boundless enthusiasm and energy and regularly collaborates on numerous initiatives with young musicians.

Chloe is currently enjoying huge international success with her appointment as a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Florian Cooper, Director of Music and Performing Arts at Brentwood School, said: “Having invited young orchestral musicians from other secondary schools and youth music organizations to Brentwood, we were delighted that 20 young external musicians join our school’s symphony orchestra of 60 students for a wonderful afternoon rehearsing the music of Dvorak and Williams.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional setting and experience playing in a large symphony orchestra – the afternoon ended with a performance to parents which was extremely well received .”

Building on the workshop’s resounding success, Cooper said he hopes the initiative will pave the way for future outreach collaborations that will be open to all young local musicians.

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