Sponne School is very proud to announce that Thomas Judge (Yr 12 A level Music Student) has been successful in his double bass audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Huge congratulations - a tremendous achievement! On receiving the news Thomas said:
"I am completely honoured to accept my place into the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in the Double Bass section! To say I am excited for what the next year or so has to offer would be an understatement. From performing live at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in summer to doing various concert tours of the UK and overseas, it’s safe to say the next two years are going to be extremely busy. I’m particularly looking forward to working with the incredible film composer Danny Elfman (whose work includes: Batman, Nightmare before Christmas and the Simpsons) and performing in the world premiere of his new work, which was written especially for the NYO
I applied for the NYO in April this year and was fortunate enough to get moved straight to the 2nd round of auditions. After months of preparation, I was finally invited to the Royal Academy of Music in which I had a weekend assessment, consisting of various creative workshops and as you can imagine A LOT of playing! A couple of weeks later I got an email confirming I had gotten the position.
The NYO has an outstanding reputation of being the world’s leading orchestra for young people and thanks to the help of our phenomenal Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sarah Alexandra OBE, the orchestra has become well linked with some of the greatest musical influencers and organisations in the industry, and has performed to many thousands of people as well as regularly performing for members of the Royal Family.
I am incredibly happy to have been given this amazing opportunity and I am very proud to get the chance to represent Sponne School on a National level."