Youth Orchestra prepares for Norfolk Day concert on 27 July 2018

Triorca Orchestra concert
Friday 27 July 19:30 · OPENNorwich

An acclaimed international youth orchestra will perform in Norwich on Norfolk Day.

Sixty-five outstanding young musicians will play at Norwich’s OPEN venue on Bank Plain on 27 July, before a further performance at Saffron Hall, in Essex the following day.

Young people aged 15-25 from Norfolk form the largest component of the orchestra, that also comprises representatives from the twinned cities of Koblenz in Germany and Novi Sad in Serbia.

Triorca arrives in Norfolk on Monday, 23 July, where they will be welcomed to County Hall, by Cllr Margaret Stone, Chairman of Norfolk County Council.

They will then visit City Hall, Norwich on Wednesday, 25 July to be received by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, and perform a 30-minute taster concert ahead of Friday’s performance at OPEN.

The Norfolk Day concert will be conducted by acclaimed oboist Nicholas Daniel, winner of the Queen’s Medal for Music and soloist at this year’s first night at the BBC Proms.  His son, Alastair Farrall-Daniel, will be narrator.

Julia Hwang, a 20 year old violinist praised by Radio Three as ‘stunning’, and with a growing international reputation, will be accompanying the Orchestra in the Korngold violin concerto.  They will also play Peter and the Wolf, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.

Volunteer Trustee, Robert Rickard (part of whose day job involves promoting international educational links at County Hall), comments:  “You only have to hear this lot for 10 seconds to know the standard young people from three linked European city-regions can achieve.  They are supported and tutored by the best professionals we can get them; they prepare intensively, then spend a week a year in each other’s countries, surrounded by many of the finest young musicians of their generation.  It all raises their game, and builds on the standards the ‘veterans’ of previous Triorca concerts know they can aspire to.  Such a fine example to their younger school friends (who are entitled to free tickets), and a national and international platform on which to show off what city and county can achieve by working together – especially on Norfolk day!”

There will be a brass fanfare by members of Triorca, written for the orchestra by a noted Serbian composer, J N ZIpkovic, played from the balcony of City Hall, at 5pm on Friday 27 July, and leaflets will be distributed by members of the orchestra in Norwich, to promote the concert.

The concert will be given in memory of Diana Beckley MBE, who died in Novi Sad last year, having devoted much of her working life to supporting links between Norwich, Norfolk and Novi Sad.  Triorca represents the only live exchange programme between the three city-regions, providing a unique platform for the most talented young Norfolk players to develop their advanced skills and get to know their gifted peers from countries mostly unknown to them.

The OPEN concert also marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning link between Koblenz and Rheinland Pfalz and Norwich and Norfolk.

Triorca has been asked to perform at the opening ceremony of Novi Sad’s launch as European Youth City in 2019, and again as European City of Culture in 2021.  In between, it is hoped they can play in Germany in 2020, and then return to Norfolk in 2022.

A team of volunteers administrates and helps look after the young players, to ensure as professional a musical experience as possible, and prepare many of them for applications to competitive music courses at university.

The Triorca Trust is a registered UK Charity set up in 2011 to raise the £30k a year – around £500 per player – required to make this opportunity possible, professional, and affordable to all.  Despite the intensive volunteer effort, true cost is around £850 per head for a week’s residential, flights, accommodation and professional concert venues.

Local charities – such as Anguish – have been generous in supporting these fine young players (especially since local Arts’ funding was halved last year), but Triorca would very much welcome corporate sponsor to continue to allow these opportunities to be available to the next generation of talented young European musicians.

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