Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians (CYM), a division of the Guildhall School, is delighted to announce that two of its students, Michael Qureshi and Yasmine Qureshi have been selected to perform their composition, Fluto no uto, alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Prom on 23 & 24 July.

Stephen Dagg, Director, CYM National Strategy commented, “I am delighted that Fluto no uto, a composition from students attending the Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians, has been selected for performance at the BBC Ten Pieces Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The Centre, based in Hestercombe House near Taunton, is a vibrant part of a national network of Centres bearing the CYM name as part of the Guildhall School’s young artists programme”. Along with young musicians in London, Norfolk and Saffron Walden, students attending the Hestercombe Centre enjoy an integrated curriculum of ensembles in a variety of styles and genres, choral training and general musicianship classes on Saturdays during school terms. Those wishing to take individual lessons are also welcome. I would like to pay tribute to all the students and staff at the Hestercombe Centre for achieving so much in only their seventh term of existence. I very much look forward to hearing the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the composers performing this exciting new work in July.”

Fluto no uto was created in response to the BBC Ten Pieces project during the spring term at Hestercombe CYM and was composed by the students unsupervised. The composition is to be rearranged by composer Gareth Glyn and two musicians from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra who will work closely with Michael and Yasmine during a rehearsal period ahead of the performance at the BBC Proms. The piece receives an informal world premiere with a free public performance at the end of term concert at Hestercombe CYM at 12pm on 2 July and is also featured on an album made by and for young people in collaboration with Actiontrack Performance Co in Somerset.

Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians opened in March 2014, and has since become a fast-growing pillar of the Taunton community, offering young musicians aged 5-18 in the South West the opportunity to gain access to ensembles, performance workshops and individual lessons in all orchestral instruments as well as singing, piano, guitar,bass guitar and drumkit. Students are also offered academic subjects on top of their practical lessons, including composition, history, theory and aural training. Each student follows an individual programme of study across a range of genres and benefits from many performance opportunities and working in the magnificent surroundings of Hestercombe Gardens. The Head of Centre is Rachael Parvin.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is provided by the City of London Corporation.


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