Destination Beijing for Jordan

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A talented young Carnoustie trombonist has just been accepted to join the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) on their Chinese tour this year.

16-year-old Jordan Robertson is a pupil of renowned brass teacher Michael Robertson and currently plays with the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

Jordan also plays with the Arbroath Instrumental Band and the Tayside Symphony Orchestra, Con Fuoco Brass and is part of the horn section for Celtic rockers Gleadhraich.

The S5 pupil has been playing the trombone for six years and is aiming to study music when she leaves Carnoustie High School.

Competition for a place with the NYOS is stiff, and auditions are held all over Britain, even as far south as Birmingham.

Prospective members must be under 25 and must live, study, or have been born in Scotland or have a family connection.

An understandably excited Jordan said: “I’m so happy to be given this opportunity, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. It will be hard work but should be a great experience.”

NYOS run three main orchestras; Junior, Senior and Symphony Orchestras and it is the Symphony Orchestra who are to visit China in August. A residential course is held during the Easter holidays at Strathallan School in Perthshire followed by concerts in Glasgow City Halls and Dundee Caird Hall. The musicians return to Strathallan prior to the visit to China for continued tuition and rehearsals and a further ‘bon voyage’ concert will be held in Perth Concert Hall to showcase what they have learned. The theme this year is ‘Scottish Connections’ which will include Richard Strauss’s MacBeth, Erik Chisolm’s piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony. Concerts in China will take place in the Grand Theatre, Shanghai; Beijing Concert Hall and the Grand Theatre, Tianjin.