Young Musicians in Thurrock take part in a World Premiere
Young Thurrock musicians work with award winning composer Thomas Hewitt Jones to premiere his latest piece
On the Monday and Tuesday of the February half term holiday musicians from the Thurrock Youth Orchestra were joined by students from Barking and Dagenham and Havering to once again form the Thames Reach Youth Orchestra. The TRY Orchestra meets on a termly basis (usually during the half term holidays and usually at the Culver Centre in Thurrock) and introduces young musicians to professional standard orchestral repertoire.
For this occasion the orchestra had commissioned a new piece of music called Fanfare and Swing by the young composer Thomas Hewitt Jones www.thomashewittjones.com/ . Amongst his many projects Thomas composed some of the music for the 2012 Olympics and has also worked on film scores in Hollywood, so the young musicians felt privileged to be working with such an inspiring composer.
The two days were very intense and focussed not only on Thomas’ piece but on music by Johann Strauss including his Tritsch Tratsch Polka and Radetsky March. However, on the second day the young musicians were able to quiz Thomas on what it was like to be a composer and learned that the working day may not start until 10 am (or later) but often goes on until 3 am and writing for films often means working around the clock with little or no sleep.
On the Tuesday afternoon the TRY orchestra gave the world premiere performance of Fanfare and Swing which was conducted by the composer and enthusiastically received by the invited audience.
Both students and audience indicated what a positive musical experience the two days had been. The orchestra will meet again in the summer term to work on a repertoire of film music.