THIRTY young musicians from Thurrock Youth Orchestra and Thurrock Youth Big Band showed off their talents in France earlier this month.
It was as part of the Act (A Common Territory) cross-Channel partnership – an innovative collaboration between leading arts and education partners from France and England and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
On the Friday (11 July) the group – aged nine to 18 – performed in the town Saint-Riquier as part of the Festival de Saint-Riquier Baie de Somme In Picardie.
The next day they were at the Arboretum de Longuevillette, playing for the local mayor and residents, and where there were demands for encore after encore and both the band and orchestra received standing ovations.
Lead violinist of the Youth Orchestra also acted as interpreter keeping the audiences informed of the concert programmes.
The Youth Orchestra’s repertoire included: Skyfall, Roses de Picardie (specially arranged for them to play in the Picardie region), themes from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Pink Pather and themes from the hit musical Wicked.
Amond other tunes, the Big Band played Harlem Nocturn, Take 5, Man in the Mirror, Libertango and Sing Sing Sing.
The trip was organised by Thurrock Music Services and its French partner the Orchestre de Picardie.