Perse pianist earns National Youth Orchestra selection
19 Dec 2018
Julia De Luca (Upper Sixth) is relishing the opportunity to perform in some high-profile concerts after being selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
The talented pianist is thrilled to have been given the chance to play with the NYOGB, having started playing the instrument 10 years ago.
She said: “It feels really great to have been selected for the National Youth Orchestra. It’s a real privilege as there aren’t many spaces for keyboard players either and I just can’t wait for the first concert to get started.
“To be invited to join, you have to fill in quite a detailed form about your musical interests and what you do for your local music community and school and then there’s an audition process. I was lucky because with keyboard, there’s only one round whereas with other instruments, there are two.
“I had to prepare six or seven orchestral excerpts, including having to play some Prokofiev and some Copland, which was really nice. They also gave me some sight reading and then I had an interview. I think they just want to see if you’d be able to fit in and to promote classical music, which is the aim of the NYO.”
Julia will join up with the NYOGB for performances of works by Revueltas, Chavez, Gershwin and Copland at London’s Southbank Centre, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham in April.
There will also be a chance to catch Julia and the NYOGB playing locally at Saffron Hall on 26 July, with the concert featuring renditions of Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Listen to Julia talk more about her passion for piano, joining the NYOGB and why playing music at The Perse has stood her in good stead.