Perse musician relishes key National Children’s Orchestra role
22 Jan 2019
Adelaide Harliono-Evans (Year 9) savoured the responsibility of being cello leader for the National Children’s Orchestra.
The 2017 Perse Musician of the Year was given the crucial role for the NCO Main Orchestra’s 2018 concerts, which climaxed with the orchestra’s 40th anniversary celebration performance at London’s Southbank Centre last month.
She was thrilled to be handed the cello leadership opportunity in what was her second season with the Main Orchestra.
Adelaide said: “I saw it on a piece of paper when I went into my first rehearsal and was quite surprised, but very happy. It was very challenging, but it was a fun responsibility to lead the cellos.
“Sometimes you have to write down more markings in the music so that everyone else can fill in with something they might have forgotten and sometimes you have to count really carefully in case you lead everyone in at the wrong time. When there are strange time signatures, it can be hard to count!
“With the NCO, I think I’ve improved in terms of playing the cello with other people. The experience of meeting new musicians was really good and I liked how the music was challenging. I’d definitely recommend the NCO to other young musicians because it’s really fun and you get to play lots of great music.”